Fi­nal school days for prin­ci­pal

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - GE­OR­GIA FOR­RESTER

Af­ter 44 years in front of a class­room, the long-serv­ing prin­ci­pal of Clover­lea Pri­mary School has called time on his ca­reer.

In­spired by his teach­ers dur­ing his in­ter­me­di­ate school days in Whanganui, Kevin Payne started teach­ing in 1972.

‘‘My school­ing years were re­ally, re­ally en­joy­able and I left there think­ing, gosh, if teach­ing is that much fun maybe I should do it.’’

Kevin says one of the best things about teach­ing was see­ing chil­dren work hard and ex­cel, with math­e­mat­ics and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion par­tic­u­lar ar­eas of in­ter­est.

His pri­mary teach­ing phi­los­o­phy was based around en­sur­ing chil­dren could read and write, were good with num­bers and had pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes to take on to in­ter­me­di­ate school.

‘‘I’ve been here for 13 years. The ma­jor­ity of staff were ac­tu­ally here when I came and they’re con­tin­u­ing and I think that’s a tes­ta­ment to the school. It’s a nice place to work.’’

In all his years teach­ing, Kevin only re­mem­bers tak­ing four sick days.

Now in his re­tire­ment he plans to take some time out, take up golf again, visit his chil­dren and spend some time with his grand­daugh­ter.

Clover­lea School prin­ci­pal Kevin Payne has re­tired af­ter more than 40 years in ed­u­ca­tion takes a last run with some of the pupils whose lives he has helped shape.

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