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Unveiling the ‘The Richardson Early Learning Centre’ – a tribute to long standing St Paul’s staff member

Date: March 14, 2017

In a teary farewell, St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School recently honoured one of their long standing staff members, Jan Richardson, with the unveiling of the new name of the Traralgon Campus Early Learning Centre, ‘The Richardson Early Learning Centre’.

Jan and her husband John, were instrumental in the establishment of the St Paul’s Traralgon Campus, having approached the school several times in the late 90s for St Paul’s to consider a Junior School Campus in Traralgon.

Once permission was granted for a Kinder to Year 6 school in Traralgon, there were planning/building delays with the Term 1 2002 scheduled opening, but the Richardson family generously opened their home, Birchwood House, to enable classes to commence in February 2002.

The first St Paul’s Traralgon classes were run out of the Richardson family home for three terms, with 40 students, two full-time teachers and a number of part-time and specialist teachers, as the new classrooms were not ready at the now Cross’s Road site until Term 4 2002.

Jan remained with the school ever since, contributing wherever she could and seeing the St Paul’s Traralgon Campus grow over the last 15 years to include a large gymnasium, library, numerous classrooms, the ELC doubling in size, the addition of the Secondary School up to Year 10, and the development of a swimming pool due (to be completed later this year).

Jan and her family are now off to the UK and Head of St Paul’s Traralgon Junior School Andy McNabb said, “I’m not exactly sure how Jan imagined things would grow back in 1998 but her vision, drive and enthusiasm have meant that we have a school with wonderful resources standing on this site today. Put simply, without Jan, we wouldn’t be here”.

Kept secret, the unveiling of the new Richardson Early Centre sign at Jan’s farewell was a surprise to Jan, and a fitting tribute to someone who has done so much for the School.

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