Big turnout farewells top teacher

Alistair Boyce
Alistair Boyce

Queen Charlotte College's deputy principal of 38 years was overwhelmed when about 250 people turned up at his farewell ceremony on Saturday.

Of the past and present pupils, parents, teachers and friends who attended, 38 people had speeches, one for each year of Alistair Boyce's service.

"That was just marvellous . . . It was just overwhelming to see parents and students from my first year teaching at [the college]," Mr Boyce said. "It was just amazing, I didn't expect it because it's near Christmas and people have other things on . . . you just look around and see another person who has travelled."

Mr Boyce said he had mixed emotions about retiring, but he was looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren.

"It's been an incredible privilege to work with youngsters."

Mr Boyce was overwhelmed with the generosity of the Picton community, and the Waikawa Marae who hosted the farewell ceremony, which included an official powhiri. "It just shows you what a special community Picton is." 

The Marlborough Express