Margret Bell leaving Macarthur Preschool after 35 years

Adieu: Macarthur Preschool's Margret Bell - with Thomas Hazleton, Kensie Jeansch, Grace Edgerton and Archer Linden - is retiring after 35 years. Picture: Simon Bennett
Adieu: Macarthur Preschool's Margret Bell - with Thomas Hazleton, Kensie Jeansch, Grace Edgerton and Archer Linden - is retiring after 35 years. Picture: Simon Bennett

She's Margret to some, Mrs Bell to others and 'Oma' to a select few, but there's one thing Margret Bell is to everyone - much-loved.

The Macarthur Preschool worker is about to call time on her career with the school after 35 years.

Mrs Bell began working with the Preschool in 1984 after it set up its permanent location in Lawson Street, Camden South.

She volunteered in an administrative role in the years before, as her children were enrolled with Macarthur Preschool, but once she started as an employee she never wanted to stop.

"I think it's the friendships I'll miss the most," the Camden South resident said.

"This has become a second home for me. Working eight hours a day, you can spend more time with your colleagues than your family."

Mrs Bell said she was treated to a lovely farewell dinner on Saturday where she got to catch up with past and present workmates and watch a special presentation.

The 69-year-old said it was always hard to say goodbye to the children when it was time for them to head off to school and she expected it would be just as hard to leave.

"I'll probably pop my head in and bring some morning tea around even after I'm gone," Mrs Bell said.

"I'm most looking forward to being able to do things in daylight hours again.

"I don't have any fixed plans, I'll just see where the days take me."

Mrs Bell said she had loved spending 35 years - "where has all the time gone?" - working with children, staff and their parents.

She said every day was unpredictable and that's what she enjoyed the most.

"When my grandkids came through, because they lived in the area, they called me Oma, which is German for 'grandma', and the other kids picked up on it too," Mrs Bell said. "I'll still have people who I pass in town that say 'hello Oma'. Meeting new families has always been a highlight for me."

Mrs Bell said she was very proud of how Macarthur Preschool had grown over the years and was always thrilled to hear kind words about the school from community members.

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