Nancy Baker, Vicki Barrett, Linda Berry, Margaret Golsby-smith, Janet Hubble and Leanne Bartlett are the team behind a local 300-strong conference.
Nancy Baker, Vicki Barrett, Linda Berry, Margaret Golsby-smith, Janet Hubble and Leanne Bartlett are the team behind a local 300-strong conference. Travis Mead.

More than ‘office ladies'

NOT to be dismissed as “the ladies in the office”, six school administration staff in Coffs Harbour have hosted state conferences for 10 years.

The 2010 Coffs Harbour Information Expo, held over the past two days at Pacific Bay Resort, was attended by 300 delegates.

“We're more than just someone who takes your late notes and money for excursions,” one of the organising committee, Linda Berry, said. “You name it, we've done it. We've had snakes, birds, stray dogs brought in and run-of-the-mill clean-up of vomit. One lady had to get the cows out of the playground before students could come out for breaks.”

As school first aiders they deal with challenging situations such as the school administration worker who was first on the scene of the death of a student at Mullumbimby High School.

Conference workshops included leadership, Aboriginal issues and department changes.



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