Opihi College said farewell to a favourite and well-loved teacher at the end of term two.
Liz Marryatt retired from the Performing Arts department, after working at the school since 1978.
A Facebook page in honour of her career with the school was created by a past student and quickly took off with many wonderful tributes being written for her.
"You have always been supportive of anyone interested in performing arts, and with your encouragement you have helped students foster their passion for the performing arts, sparked interest or even given students the confidence to stand up in front of an audience," Rachel Ellena wrote. "Your energy and enthusiasm has always been inspiring."
"Your positive energy and unfailing ability to believe in your students has made you a cherished music teacher at Temuka High School and Opihi College," Hannah Cone wrote.
"Just wanted to say thank you for all the encouragement you gave me with my music during high school!" Melissa Archibald posted.
"Thinking about it all now, it still means a lot."
Many commented on her ability to always be smiling and happy – a trait appreciated by her students.
Mrs Marryatt was presented with these tributes at the school's end of term assembly.
There were not many dry eyes in the assembly hall as Mrs Marryatt addressed the school for the final time.
Still smiling broadly, she stressed how much she enjoyed her time at Opihi College, and formerly, Temuka High School.
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