School’s out for CO principal
There are 155 golf courses around the South Island, and Dunstan High School principal Brent Russell has played on all but 25 of them.
It is a bucket list of sorts that he started ‘‘many, many years ago’’, that now he might have time to crack on with completing.
Russell will say goodbye to his 36-year teaching career today.
‘‘I have really enjoyed my time here. I have found the students friendly, hard working and neat to be around. That will be something I will miss. There is no question about that. You can’t be part of something for so long and it not affect you. The junior prize giving will be my last day of my teaching career. I will struggle, I know I will, but that’s OK. People move onto their next challenges.’’
Russell already has his next challenge planned. Despite retiring, he intends to still be involved in the education sector as a consultant.
‘‘I plan in the next year and beyond to do some education consultation work which involves assisting board of trustees with principal appointments, appraisals that sort of work. It’s an opportunity fo me to still remain involved with education because it’s what I know after so many years and I am not ready to stop work but I am ready to try another challenge really.’’
His past 36 years of teaching, 25 served as a principal, had been a privilege and hugely rewarding, he said.
Russell started his teaching career as a primary school teacher in 1980 and in 1991 his principal’s career started at Roxburgh Area School. He then moved to Verdon College in Invercargill, then became princi- pal of St Kevins in Oamaru before moving to Dunstan High School. He had also been a member of both the Southland and Otago Principal Association for 25 years, and served on the executive of the National Catholic Secondary School Association.
‘‘I’m one of the longest (serving) secondary school principal in the country. It’s incredibly rewarding. There is a sense of sat- isfaction, knowing the school, teachers and everyone involved with that young person has helped mould them into who they are.’’
He was going to enjoy spending more time with his family - and play golf.
‘‘I have been ticking off all the South Island golf courses. There are 155 and I have 25 to go to complete it.’’
Dunstan High School principal Brent Russell who is retiring after 36 years teaching.