Ann bids farewell af­ter 34 years

Room 1 says good­bye to class­room stal­wart

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Ann Far­rand has been teach­ing at Greenacres School for 34 years and will have mem­o­ries to last a life­time when she re­tires at the end of this term.

The Tawa teacher has been in the same class­room – room 1 – for 28 years.

She joined a small staff in 1981 as part-time teacher aide and ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­port and be­came a full­time new en­trant teacher in 1986.

Since then she has taught hun­dreds of pupils, in­clud­ing her own chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

She was ap­pointed deputy prin­ci­pal in 1989 and worked along­side Graeme Schofield as prin­ci­pal at the time.

‘‘I’ve taught for all four prin­ci­pals and have seen many great things hap­pen at this school. It will be sad to say good­bye,’’ Far­rand said.

‘‘There are dozens of mem­o­ries, but some of the best ones in­volve the chil­dren and par­ents.

‘‘I’ve seen chil­dren of chil­dren I taught come through the school. I cur­rently have triplets in my class­room and I taught their mother.’’

Far­rand has a long history in teach­ing and was a key part of a Pukerua Bay school be­fore mak­ing the move to Greenacres.

Word around the com­mu­nity is that Far­rand will al­ways be known for her car­ing and com­fort­ing de­meanour.

Par­ents and fel­low teach­ers said that Far­rand had al­ways been highly com­mit­ted to giv­ing new en­trants the best pos­si­ble start at school. Many be­came high achiev­ers as adults.

‘‘I have an ex-pupil who has gone on to be a doc­tor, one who works in In­dia and another who is the lead pi­anist for the Royal New Zealand Bal­let.’’

Far­rand also spent sev­eral years on the board of trustees and has seen many changes around the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum since the 1980s.

‘‘I’ve been part of so many projects and have seen the school grow. I can re­mem­ber when we got our school hall; they jacked it up and drove it down the mo­tor­way in the mid­dle of the night and had to back it up Raroa Tce.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing feat be­cause they had to lift it up and over one of the build­ings to get it where we wanted it.’’

Far­rand said she was look­ing for­ward to an ac­tive re­tire­ment en­joy­ing her favourite hob­bies and beau­ti­ful gar­den.

‘‘Some peo­ple were up­set when I said I was leav­ing. I’ve had plenty of hugs from ev­ery­one and I will miss teach­ing. But it’s the right time to do this.’’

She said she would never be a stranger to the school and would have her grand­chil­dren and roses to keep her busy.

‘‘I’ve got lots to do. I’ll be very busy,’’ Far­rand said, re­fer­ring to the 34 years of teacher’s clut­ter she’s had to take home.

She will take a few weeks off to re­lax, but said she might look at be­ing in­volved with re­liev­ing as a teacher.

Her re­place­ment will be Ange Lamb.


Ann Far­rand will miss Greenacres School but says she will al­ways re­mem­ber the 34 years she taught there.

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