Farewell, Ms Riley
"OUR loss will be their gain."
Staff, parents and students of Tyalgum Public School were yesterday taking the philosophical approach to the impending departure of long-serving teacher, Penny Riley.
After 18 years teaching the children of Tyalgum and district Ms Riley will next year take up a position at Murwillumbah East Public School.
Tyalgum school principal Peter Meadows said everyone who knew Ms Riley was sad to know the popular and active teacher would be leaving their school, but were consoled by the fact she would now be sharing her special teaching gifts with children at another Tweed school.
"For 18 years Penny has been a classroom teacher who has specialised in outdoor education," Mr Meadows said.
The move for Ms Riley has come about due to reduced enrolments at Tyalgum, the lesser number of students meaning a reduction in teaching staff.
"I will be very sorry to leave Tyalgum after such a long time, but I felt, professionally, it was the ideal time for a change and a new challenge," she said.
"I will be taking many, many warm memories from this community with me and I will be keeping in touch."
The school held a farewell for Ms Riley yesterday where she was presented with a glass platter bearing the artwork of stu- dents, hand-made by artist Deb Cocks.
- By Hugh Kearney