Principal’s great ride for 24 years
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.