Final school days for principal
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.