Hello and goodbye to Tokoroa teachers
It was out with the old and in with the new during a special teacher graduation, retirement, and recognition ceremony in Tokoroa recently.
The ceremony, hosted by Tainui Full Primary School, saw Tokoroa’s teaching community gather to welcome five new teachers and to farewell three.
That included graduates Nicola Bailey, from Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School, Laura Munro, from Whakamaru School, Jaemie Sheck, Pam Samuels, and Dean Sanson, who are all from Tainui Full Primary School, and retirees Jean Barbour, a Resource Teacher Learning And Behaviour teacher, and David Henry School’s Liz Puke and Raewyn Revell.
Sheck said it was an honour to be able to work in the community which brought her up.
‘‘This journey is not one we take on our own, it involves a whole lot of people, so for me it is an awesome time of celebration,’’ she said.
Sanson, who was originally going to be an engineer, agreed. ‘‘It is nice to be able to give back to the community we grew up in and it is awesome working with kids because you see them grow as people and know you play a part in that.’’
Barbour, who has been teaching since 1969, said while she was looking forward to retirement she was also sad to be going.
Puke, who has been teaching since 1968, said a lot has changed within the profession over the years. ‘‘The paperwork is horrendous compared to when we started. We spent our time teaching kids but now a lot of the time is spent assessing them.’’
Revell said she plans to teach music. She said when they started teachers also had to abide by a strict dress code. She wished the new teachers luck.
Five graduating and three retiring Tokoroa teachers.