GOOD LUCK: Norma Pearson will be leaving Goodna State School at the end of term after 30 years as a lollipop lady.
GOOD LUCK: Norma Pearson will be leaving Goodna State School at the end of term after 30 years as a lollipop lady. Inga Williams

The last goodbye for Goodna State School's "old chook"

NORMA Pearson is the first person to warmly welcome students to Goodna State School every morning and the last person to say goodbye to them when classes finish for the day.

The dedicated lollipop lady said she was sad to be leaving the school after more than three decades helping children get safely across the road.

"I guess I'm the original old chook," she joked.

"It has become my life.

"I started when my son started school at Goodna in 1985."

The school recently held a celebration for Ms Pearson on her 30th anniversary, where both students and staff showed their appreciation for all her hard work over the years.

"It was very emotional. I'm finishing on the last week of term," she said.

"I've seen kids grow up and bring their kids to the school.

"I've made so many friendships and have met some of the sweetest kids."

The vibrant 70-year-old said although she would miss her daily routine at Goodna State School, she was looking forward to retirement.

"We're going to Darwin and we'll see a bit of Australia," she said.

The veteran crossing guard said she had been training her successor and had offered him some valuable advice.

"I was never late," she said.

"It's very important not to be late. You must always be there for the kids.

"I'm just grateful I've had the opportunity to do it."



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