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No stopping Bray Park’s favourite crossing supervisor

Bray Park State School Crossing supervisor Jenny Neate on duty even on Pirate Day with granddaughters Abbey and Paige

With a striking yellow and orange uniform, the power to stop traffic and a school-sized fan-following, you could be forgiven for mistaking Jenny Neate for a superhero.

Although she may not have super powers, Jenny has in fact protected students at Bray Park State School as the school’s crossing supervisor for the last 30 years.

Often referred to as lollipop ladies/men, crossing supervisors like Jenny play an important role in ensuring students get to and from school safely.

Jenny first became involved in the Bray Park State School community in the 1980s as a parent, classroom helper and tuckshop assistant when her children started school, and took on the role of crossing supervisor in January 1989.

Since then Jenny has worked almost every school day starting at 8.15am and 2.50pm, in rain, hail or shine to help guide students safely across Hopetoun Street outside the school.

In recognition of her excellent work and ongoing support the school recently presented Jenny with an award for service. It’s an honour that Jenny says she holds close to her heart.

'I have always been connected to the school as a mother and now grandmother of students, but as the crossing supervisor I love being able to actively contribute to our community and connect with other families,' said Mrs Neate.

'Every day I get to be outside, meeting new faces and chatting to students about things that make them excited.

'I especially enjoy seeing all the Prep students on their first day of school walking with their new uniforms and big backpacks whilst holding on tightly to mum and dad’s hands.'

The saddest part Jenny admits is saying goodbye to students when they graduate to high school, although many have returned years later as teachers, parents and volunteers.

Over the course of her 30-year career at the school, Jenny said her most memorable moment was when Prime Minister Bob Hawke arrived at the school by helicopter on the school oval.

'I only wish he was dropped off across the road so that I could have put up my stop sign for him to cross the street,' she said.

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Last updated
25 November 2019