Fondly farewelled

HARRY REID
Last updated 11:20 21/11/2012
Moriah Kindy
HARRY REID

Good-bye celebration: Clockwise from bottom left, 4 year olds Mia Powell, Edward Goldie, Nico Murphy and Jeremy Guy enjoy high tea with their teacher Kathleen Johnson.

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Moriah Kindergarten children put on their best outfits to celebrate and farewell a much-loved teacher and friend at a high tea yesterday.

Moriah teacher of 10 years, Kathleen Johnson, will retire at the end of the year.

Principal Heidi Greenwood said Ms Johnson had played a lead role in transforming the kindergarten in Webb St from a time when it was struggling to attract children.

Mrs Greenwood said the situation couldn't be more different today as Moriah was thriving.

She said the children were excited about the high tea and had been preparing for it for several weeks.

"They also wanted to show their appreciation to Kathleen by dressing to impress with some of the boys wearing shirts and ties, and the girls putting on their best dresses," Mrs Greenwood said.

The high tea was also attended by previous students, parents and friends.

The popular teacher was given flowers, a folder of photos and stories about her, and a mould of her hand.

A plaque on the washing machine was dedicated to her because of her persistence in convincing other staff members it was needed.

Ms Johnson said the kindergarten was a special place.

"I am going to miss the children and the community but I am also looking forward to moving on to other things," she said.

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