School like family to retiring teacher

AMANDA PARKINSON
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2013

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Her life has been dedicated to educating young minds in Winton, but the time has come to "close that chapter".

Assistant principal Kathryn Summers will retire on Tuesday from her role at Central Southland College after 46 years of service.

"It is really hard to leave because I love it, but there will never be a right time to leave simply because I do love it," she said.

Her illustrious career began when the school was only two years old.

Then an enthusiastic 20-year-old, Mrs Summers went into teaching dedicated to quality local education - she will leave that same legacy.

"I am really proud of our pastoral care system here, we care about each and every student - that is the heart of us here."

Two years ago, a sudden family tragedy left Mrs Summers stricken with grief, but it was her "Central Southland School family" that rallied behind her.

"It is hard to leave them because you don't leave family, and they have become mine," she said.

Ms Summers said she hoped she would leave a legacy about growing and developing young people.

"You don't want just excellence you want communities of excellent people."

Books, particularly crime novels, will fill Mrs Summers' free days, those that she may have.

"I thought long and hard about leaving entirely but I can't, I will do some relief teaching when they need it," she said.

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