A West Auckland local and foundation staffer, our librarian Debbie Davies started with us in 2007. Over that time she’s watched the library grow from having just 50 books to more than 8,000 and seen ACG Sunderland grow from humble beginnings to become a bustling school with a family focus.
What made you come to ACG Sunderland?
I had a friend who was the first PA here. There was a role going and she suggested I talk to the principal, which I did. He showed me around the school and I thought, new school, new challenge, let’s do it.
How has your role changed?
Hugely! Heaps! Now I manage the library, the resource room and attendance – everything the teachers don’t have time to do. When I first came into the library for open day in 2007, it was an empty shell with just 50 books. Now we’ve built it up to more than 8,000 books.
What’s the best part of your role?
I enjoy the students. I’ve watched heaps of them grow from little children to grown-up adults and all the changes in their lives. I have some good connections with the original students – some of them still pop in to see me and I enjoy following their life journeys. The time has gone fast. Every day is different.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had in the last ten years?
The event that sticks out for me every year is Book Week. It’s a busy week for me with the Scholastic book fair, author visits, the character parade and Wacky Wednesday. I love to see the kids dress up, have fun, let their hair down for a bit and just be kids.
What might we not know about you?
I was born in Waiouru. I went to Pomaria Primary, Henderson Intermediate and Waitakere College. I left when I was 15 to become a sample machinist at Anthony Richards. I met my husband Ken when I was 16 at the Onehunga roller skating rink. We’ve been married for 30 years. I can’t wait to have a party.
What does the future hold?
I’ve been a librarian for 20 years now and I don’t see myself leaving – it’s the perfect job for me. I get to look after my seven-year-old grandson Landon in the school holidays. He’s a treasure – a rough and ready, go-get-him boy. And I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up!