Teacher swaps schools

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Leaving do: From left, Sylvia Gazzard, Sandy Cochrane, Alison Walker, Podge Cochrane, Paula Nichols and Mel Gazzard celebrating Walker's time at the school last Friday

A Queenstown Primary School teacher who’s moving on after 26 years is being praised for being “always giving and caring” to her pupils.

Year 3-4 teacher Alison Walker’s leaving the school to teach at Shotover Primary School.

Old colleagues and school staff have paid tribute to Walker for her dedication over the past two-and-a-half decades.

Former deputy principal Sandy Cochrane says Walker’s been a “real stalwart and a great junior classroom teacher”.

Cochrane says she’s a “great team member” and “will be sorely missed”.

Walker’s worked with four principals during her time at the school, spending most of her career there teaching year 2 pupils, before taking over as year 3-4 team leader.

Principal Fiona Cavanagh says: “She has always been a popular choice for parents to have their children and, later, siblings in her class.

“All of us at QPS wish her well in her new and exciting school environment.”

Walker starts teaching at Shotover Primary in the new year.