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Bev McCarthy
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Beloved long-serving matron retires

St Paul's Collegiate School —

After 45 years of service at St Paul's, Mrs Bev McCarthy has retired from her role as Sargood matron.

Bev joined our team at St Paul’s Collegiate School in 1973 as a kitchen-hand. In 1975 through to 1987, she took up a housekeeping role firstly in School boarding house and then in Clark House. In 1988 through to this year – almost 31 years, Bev has been the Matron of Sargood House; tending to the pastoral needs of the 90 plus boys in the house; taking them to their medical appointments; supporting them when they have felt homesick, sad or stressed; repairing broken zips or ripped clothing or replacing buttons lost from shirts. Over her 45 years of outstanding, loyal and committed service, Bev has worked with seven housemasters and five headmasters. The Sargood community have greatly appreciated Bev’s motherly influence, her kindness and compassion during tough times and her efficiency and excellent organisational ability. We wish Bev well in her retirement.