Dot Walton returns to Young Preschool to celebrate milestone

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, former teaching assistant Dot Walton, 90, and director Angie Milne.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell, former teaching assistant Dot Walton, 90, and director Angie Milne.

A teaching assistant who spent 29 years at Young Preschool Kindergarten has returned to mark 51 years of education and early childhood learning.

Dot Walton, 90, was joined by Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Preschool director Angie Milne on Tuesday.

Director Angie Milne said she was pleased to be able to host the special guest.

"We recently had an assessment and we did really well, so it was lovely to be able to speak with Ms Mitchell about our achievements," Ms Milne said.

"Having Dot with us today on our birthday made it even more special, as she has a long history with us. She gave 29 years of devotion, love and care to our children and families, so it was lovely to be able to host her on a return visit to see us all."

Former teaching assistant Dot Walton, 90, helps celebrate 51 years of education and early childhood learning at Young Preschool Kindergarten.

Former teaching assistant Dot Walton, 90, helps celebrate 51 years of education and early childhood learning at Young Preschool Kindergarten.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said it was a wonderful occasion.

"It was a wonderful occasion and it was lovely to see Dot arrive to cut the birthday cake," Ms Cooke said.

"The children were delighted to see Dot and she was just as thrilled to see them - I'm sure she has so many memories of her time working with all the kids who have started on their learning journeys here.

"They sang some songs for us which was a real treat for Dot, Minister Mitchell and me."

Ms Mitchell said the visit was an absolute delight.

"It was wonderful for me to be able to visit the school on such an auspicious occasion, which was made even more special by the visit from Dot," Ms Mitchell said.