Popular principal farewelled
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
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.