Moffatdale State School principal Aaron Jones admitted he would be happy when the weekend’s Centenary celebrations were all wrapped up … but admin assistant and teacher’s aide Marilyn Sippel was probably even more relieved.
Marilyn, who has been at the school for more than 30 years, unexpectedly found herself the centre of attention at Saturday’s celebrations.
She was called to the stage and presented with a Certificate of Service by Education Queensland Assistant Regional Director Debbie Hails.
Mr Jones then handed her gifts as well as a big bunch of flowers.
Marilyn was also selected to receive the plaque marking the school’s centenary from Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
And a special camphor laurel bench at the school is now also bearing her name as a tribute.
It was also a big day for the Moffatdale pupils who had the opportunity to present two songs live on stage as well as enjoy rides on the Murgon Lions merry-go-round.
Guest speakers included Mr Truss and local councillor Kathy Duff, who said her late mother Lorna (nee Sippel) and aunty Nola had both attended the school.
Cr Duff also took the opportunity while she was on stage to officially open a new council park at Moffatdale. The 3.5ha “Brydges Park” in Verdelho Drive is on land donated by the Brydges family, from Bridgeman Downs winery.
Prep student Maddison Watcho-Page, 4, cut the Centenary cake with help from the oldest ex-student present, Keith Haager, 91.