Pop­u­lar prin­ci­pal farewelled

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

A friendly smile, cheeky sense of hu­mour and the will­ing­ness to go above and be­yond for his school and his stu­dents – th­ese were just a few of the things used to de­scribe Wal­ton School prin­ci­pal Bob Mar­low at his farewell on Satur­day.

A few hun­dred

peo­ple turned out on the day, in­clud­ing former staff, stu­dents, par­ents and mem­bers of the Wal­ton and Mata­mata com­mu­ni­ties.

Par­ent Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Sharon Wil­li­son said Mr Mar­low was al­ways sur­rounded by a swarm of chil­dren.

‘‘They are like bees to a honey pot,’’ she said.

Wal­ton res­i­dent War­wick Wil­cock said Mr Mar­low al­ways had a lot of time for the wider com­mu­nity, con­tribut­ing to news­let­ter The Ram­bler, run­ning quiz nights, keep­ing the school pool clean over sum­mer and sit­ting on the town hall com­mit­tee.

Board of Trustees chair­man Be­van Pratt pre­sented Mr Mar­low with a brand new Lazy­boy and thanked Mr Mar­low for his con­tri­bu­tions to the school.

Mr Mar­low in­vited his chil­dren Deb­bie and Richard up on stage to help him cut the cake and the crowd was en­cour­aged to leave mes­sages for the pop­u­lar prin­ci­pal in a spe­cial box.

The day was fol­lowed dance at the Wal­ton Hall

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Huge turnout: A few hun­dred peo­ple turned up to say good­bye to the pop­u­lar prin­ci­pal.

Farewell Mr M: Mata­mata New World, Mata­mata Post and Rail and cake dec­o­ra­tor Jodi Con­ning pitched in for the cakes.

Fam­ily: Mr Mar­low in­vited his two chil­dren, Deb­bie and Richard, up on stage to help cut the cake.

All set: A new Lazy­boy and a cooler full of good­ies will help Mr Mar­low to set­tle into re­tire­ment.

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