INVERLOCH School Crossing supervisor Judy Hughes has been recognised as the best in her field for the entire southeast region, which runs from the eastern suburbs to Sale.
Judy was invited to attend the School Crossing Supervisor of the Year awards in Preston recently.
Inverloch-Kongwak Primary’s school council and its Kids Matter Action Team submitted Judy’s glowing nomination, and of the 198 nominees, she was judged to be the winner.
“I was shocked and very, very surprised,” Judy said.
The event was well attended by school crossing supervisors and shire/council representatives from all over the state.
Loree-Lee Jamieson, Leading Teacher-Student Welfare at the school, submitted the nomination and said the award is recognition of Judy’s 11 years of dedication to the safety and wellbeing of children and adults of the Inverloch and Kongwak school communities.
“Judy is known for her warm, friendly, inclusive, caring and respectful nature.
“She takes her role as crossing supervisor at Inverloch Primary School very seriously.
“A large percentage of the school population walks or rides to school, and Judy is the first school face the students see of a morning.
“She has developed strong relationships with all of the school students and their families.
“Judy knows every student and parent by their first name and welcomes them every morning with her friendly demeanour and outgoing presence.”
Ms Jamieson said Judy is a stickler for rules and regulations.
“She ensures she is up to date with training, road rules and shire expectations.
“Judy has a great relationship with local police officers and the council’s local laws team.
“Drivers beware. Judy carries a note pad at all times and ensures she writes down number plates and information that is necessary to keep the students and community safe.
“Every student from Prep to Year 6 has a thorough understanding of the rules at the school crossing.
“Judy attends every school assembly and often speaks to the students regarding school crossing safety.
“She also holds education sessions for the local pre-school children.
“Judy’s role doesn’t stop at the crossing though. She continues her role into school hours, educating the students and volunteering as a Learning Assistance Program (LAP) volunteer, an Easter Fair committee member and staffroom organiser.”
Bass Coast Shire Mayor Pamela Rothfield was thrilled for both Judy and Newhaven school crossing supervisor Shirley Fleisner who was also nominated.
“It’s wonderful to see our crossing supervisors recognised for the important work they do,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Supervisors are nominated by the public and must demonstrate the following attributes: professional demeanour, knowledge of the road rules relating to school crossings, presentation, customer satisfaction, attendance and punctuality.”
“Judy is an excellent example of someone going above and beyond to contribute to their community.
“Her job is to ensure children safely cross the road. However, like many crossing supervisors in our shire, Judy also ensures students cross the road with a smile and positive attitude.
“I wish her heartfelt congratulations on her nomination and award,” Cr Rothfield said.
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