Saying farewell after 33 years

01:46, Dec 20 2012
Kaitangata Primary School principal Joyce Beck is retiring after 33 years at the school, 21 as principal.

It's time to put her feet up and relax - almost - for Kaitangata Primary School principal Joyce Beck.

Mrs Beck is retiring after 33 years at the school, including 21 years as principal.

"I felt it was the right time [to leave]; the school's in good heart, the buildings are good," she said.

"I think I've achieved all I set out to achieve and more, probably."

With her retirement, Mrs Beck would be going back to "my groups - Kaitangata and District Promotions and the Kaitangata Museum and the Neighbourhood Support.

"I belong to a lot of groups in Kaitangata.


"I will just do some voluntary work and I've got a big garden."

She was also looking forward to spending more time with her husband.

"My husband's been wonderful. He is an ex-builder, so he's done lots of jobs around the school."

Mrs Beck will also mentor new principal Anneta Payne, who was the deputy principal at the school, part-time for a term next year.

"I wanted to do some part-time work before I retired with no responsibilities," Mrs Beck said.

One of her biggest achievements at the school was watching the children learn, she said.

"The biggest thing is seeing children learn and develop and become worth-while citizens.

"It's all about building relationships with staff and the board [of trustees] and PTA and children."

The school was a "really good" one, she said.

"It's a good supportive community, the parents are wonderful, the board are wonderful, there is a really good staff.

"It's a good place to be."

In June she was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to the community.

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