Bev Currie

Computers were a rarity when Bev Currie started work at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School at Devonport more than a quarter of a century ago.

Mrs Currie, the Business Manager, began as an administration assistant in April 1991 and has been recognised in Catholic Education Week for 25 years of service.

“I started part-time, working ‘mothers’ hours’ and I also continued my studies,” Mrs Currie said.

“At the time there was one computer in the school and the bursar would wait for me to leave at one o’clock so she could have her turn. Now, there is a computer on every desk.

“When the business manager position came up in 2007, I applied and was lucky enough to get it.”

The position entails financial management and business support, project management, human resources, work health and safety and payroll management.

Mrs Currie, 64, has worked with seven different principals at the school and witnessed building upgrades, playground improvements and a near doubling of enrolments, as well as many technological advances over the past 25 years.

“When I first started, the financial system was different. We had tins for everything – a tin for petty cash and another tin for something else. Now most things are computerised and many financial transactions take place online,” Mrs Currie added.

 “I have enjoyed every moment working with the great team at the school and seeing the students progress.

“It has been rewarding. I can’t say enough thanks to all the caring, supportive staff I work with.”

In her spare time, Mrs Currie enjoys landscape painting and spending time with her family. She is married to Lance and they have three children: Meagan, Bradley and Richard.