IT WAS a bitter sweet feeling when Leanne Mahney clocked off at Echuca South for the last time.
A teacher at the school since 1998, she enjoyed a tight-knit school community which she helped create in her 20 years at the school.
But while it was sad to leave it all behind, moving into Twin Rivers meant the chance to be part of developing a new community.
Originally from Wangaratta, Leanne followed in her grandparents’ footsteps to become a teacher.
It was an easy career choice, she loved the variety that each day threw at her and the fun that enthusiastic kids created.
“I loved teaching at Echuca South and I was sad to see its time come to an end,” Leanne said.
“But Twin Rivers offers the chance to be part of developing a new culture. It’s exciting to be part of the creation of our new school.
“The Echuca South building was old and tired and we are very lucky to receive the funding to make Twin Rivers happen.”
Leanne said reaction to the school had been unanimously positive with students grinning ear to ear when exploring it for the first time.
“It’s a pretty amazing building,” she said.
“The open plan nature of it allows us all to work and learn together. The facilities are awesome and I love seeing the sense of wonder on the kids’ faces when they explore the huge outdoor areas.”