Hello and good­bye to Toko­roa teach­ers

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

Five grad­u­at­ing and three re­tir­ing Toko­roa teach­ers.

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