Les Powell School honours its 'boss'

Thank you very much: Elvis made a guest appearance at the 70th birthday celebration of Les Powell School teacher's aide Audrey Jowsey. Picture: Anna Warr

Thank you very much: Elvis made a guest appearance at the 70th birthday celebration of Les Powell School teacher's aide Audrey Jowsey. Picture: Anna Warr

STAFF at Les Powell School recently organised a day of Elvis-themed fun to mark the 70th birthday one of their most respected colleagues, Audrey Jowesy.

Mrs Jowsey has been working in special education for more than 40 years and has been based at the Mount Pritchard school since 1989.

"I love my work because I love working with the children," she said.

"I assist the teachers in all of the aspects of teaching the kids."

Mrs Jowsey said she was overwhelmed when she found out staff had organised an entire day of celebrations in her honour.

"I just love my job and I value all of the friendships of the people that work here," she said.

"I hope to keep going for as long as I can."

Teacher Louise Melville said Mrs Jowsey had "her finger in every pie at the school".

"She supports everyone and she has become a sort of rock for the school," Ms Melville said.

"She runs the school's fund-raising charity, Wheels for Independence, and she is always bringing new things to the table.

"She also has been here longer than perhaps anyone at the school."

Ms Melville said Mrs Jowsey had an amazing rapport with each of the students.

"We are a special needs school and as a teacher's aide Audrey works closely with their personal care," she said.

"In saying that, Audrey is equally adept at following the students who run around in the playground.

"We often say she is the real principal in the school — you know, in a very respectful way, she is the boss of the school."

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