Trio retire from Enner Glynn

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 12:00 21/12/2013

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With a combined 90 years' service to Enner Glynn School, three leaving staff are ready to hit the waters for their retirements after being part of many changes within the school.

Pip Edwards has been deputy principal for 23 years while Ann Nicholson taught in various capacities for 40 years, the last 19 fulltime. Marion Colville has been at the school for 27 years, teaching reading recovery and running the school library over the last 15 years.

Mrs Colville has seen many changes in the library over her time. She was responsible for computerising the old school library card system.

Miss Edwards was deputy principal the duration of her time at Enner Glynn, and remembers appreciating the sense of community the school has from her first few days.

"Firm in my memory was how awesome the community was and how well-mannered the children were."

The classes have doubled to 14 since she started in 1991.

Mrs Nicholson and Miss Edwards both said their teaching highlights were taking the year six pupils on school camp at Bethany Park in Kaiteriteri.

"It was a highlight because it gets the children to step out of their comfort zones and face their fears. It brings out the best in them," Miss Edwards said.

They had also seen changes in the way teachers related to and interacted with the children at school. When they both began their careers in teaching, they were encouraged to discipline bad behaviour.

"You listen to them a lot more [now] and their point of view. We get them to work through a problem rather than just tell them what to do, and try and find solutions, " said Mrs Nicholson.

Over the years Mrs Nicholson and Miss Edwards have worked as a team focused on encouraging the children to be confident.

"We work really hard on self-belief, seeing children grow from doubting themselves to believing in themselves," Miss Edwards said.

She and Mrs Nicholson have boats they will spend time on while Mrs Colville will explore Europe's canal system with her husband and friends next year.

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