Prin­ci­pal’s great ride for 24 years

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

It’s been a great in­nings for prin­ci­pal Tony Walsh.

He is re­tir­ing after 24 years of lead­ing the team at Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate.

Not long after find­ing out he had the job as deputy prin­ci­pal in 1985, he was hit with some bad news about the school.

‘‘I went to the dairy and there was a pile of news­pa­pers with a big photo plas­tered on the front and I thought ‘some poor bug­ger’s school has burned down’ and I turned it over and there was Ian Lind­say, my new boss, and Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate, my soon to be new school.’’

He says while it made for a chal­leng­ing start it led to some re­ward­ing times too. Four years later he took over as prin­ci­pal.

‘‘It has been a great ride,’’ he says. ‘‘Dur­ing that pe­riod there has been tremen­dous change in ed­u­ca­tion, the ad­vent of the PC and the in­ter­net be­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant.’’

He says when the stu­dents heard he was leav­ing they had some grand ideas about how to hon­our his con­tri­bu­tion.

‘‘One class wanted to have a statue of me made. I over­heard some kids walk­ing past and they were say­ing ‘I don’t know how we will go on with­out Mr Walsh’.’’

He says while it is very flat­ter­ing he knows the school will truck on as nor­mal and con­tinue to pro­duce great learn­ers.

‘‘I don’t own the school, it has never been my school, I’ve just had the plea­sure of be­ing the cus­to­dian for the last 24 years.’’

The Buck­lands Beach res­i­dent is look­ing for­ward to ‘‘not hav­ing to do any­thing’’ – other than watch­ing the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

‘‘After that I’ll have a re­think but I am in no rush.’’

Jonathan Hughes has been ap­pointed as the new prin­ci­pal.

There will be a farewell assem­bly for Walsh on Septem­ber 19, fol­lowed by af­ter­noon tea in the Pasadena Cen­tre.

If past stu­dents or par­ents would like to get in touch, the school will be open to the pub­lic in the last week of term from Septem­ber 22 to 26.


Good times: After 24 years as prin­ci­pal of Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate Tony Walsh is re­tir­ing. From left: Stu­dents John Sen­gers, Tonga Nau and Amy Mor­rin.

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