School a ‘‘spe­cial place’’ for King

Matamata Chronicle - - Happy New Year - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Bev King is of­fi­cially ‘‘sign­ing off’’ from teach­ing.

The Mata­mata Pri­mary School se­nior class teacher was farewelled with a spe­cial assem­bly last week, ac­knowl­edg­ing the con­tri­bu­tion she has made to the school over the years.

Prin­ci­pal Carolyn Os­borne said the farewell was also a time to re­flect on King’s teach­ing ca­reer which spans 28 years, with almost 20 of those ded­i­cated to Mata­mata Pri­mary.

King was an ‘‘ed­u­ca­tional cham­pion’’, Os­borne said.

‘‘Ev­ery year you’ve kept mov­ing for­ward, open­ing new doors and do­ing new things. You are cu­ri­ous and that cu­rios­ity has been shared with stu­dents, tak­ing them on learn­ing ad­ven­tures to make new dis­cov­er­ies.

‘‘ Class­room teach­ing is your pas­sion. You think deeply about how to help chil­dren to learn new things, to get along with one another and how to be­lieve in them­selves. Ev­ery day you make a jour­ney with them fun and pur­pose­ful.

‘‘ Over the years you’ve con­nected the chil­dren to the world around them by tak­ing them on field trips to ac­ti­vate their think­ing.’’

Os­borne said King was a role model of a life long learner.

‘‘ This is what makes spe­cial. You ac­cept you new chal­lenges, con­tin­u­ously im­prove your teach­ing tech­niques, try new meth­ods and adapt to new ways. You are a teacher ad­mired and re­spected by many.

‘‘The strengths you have as a teacher and the spe­cial times you’ve shared with us will re­main in our hearts and minds as we look back over your time in Mata­mata.

‘‘The many chil­dren that have had the priv­i­lege of be­ing in your class each hold a spe­cial mem­ory of some­thing that has put a smile on their face in times of laugh­ter or con­soled them in times of sad­ness.’’

In thank­ing ev­ery­one for their well wishes, King said Mata­mata Pri­mary was ‘‘ a very spe­cial place’’.

‘‘When I started at this school each day my three daugh­ters came to school with me. As I leave I’m leav­ing as a granny and I’ve got four grand­chil­dren. I’ve been to about 700 Fri­day as­sem­blies I’ve de­cided, but not once has any­body let me tell jokes. So to­day, be­fore it’s too late, what house is easy to lift? A light house. What does a cow with hic­cups give you? A milk­shake.’’ King said she loved teach­ing. ‘‘ Next Fe­bru­ary, in­stead of be­ing ex­cited about meet­ing a new group of chil­dren, I’m go­ing to be at Whanga­mata or vis­it­ing fam­ily or my grand­chil­dren. I’m go­ing to be on the world’s long­est morn­ing tea.’’

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

RE­TIR­ING: Teacher Bev King is re­tir­ing after 28 years in ed­u­ca­tion, with about 20 of those spent at Mata­mata Pri­mary

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