John Pirie Secondary school staff and students paid tribute to principal Trevor Roger’s at a farewell assembly last Wednesday.
Mr Rogers is retiring after three years as principal of the school and more than 40 years dedication to education in South Australia.
Dale Loring and Rhiannon Smith spoke on behalf of the students.
“Mr Rogers has been a teacher, a role model and a friend and his personal style has inspired staff and students,” Dale said.
“Under his leadership, the school has gone through tremendous positive changes.”
Rhiannon spoke about Mr Rogers’ support to staff and students.
“We thank you Mr Rogers for encouraging us to develop. We look forward to hearing some stories about your new journey,” she said.
Terry Sizer, Regional Director Yorke and Mid North Department for Education and Child Development was also present and praised Mr Rogers dedication.
“We thank Mr Rogers for being a dedicated teacher and an outstanding leader for the education department,” she said.
“He practices what he preaches; he is proud of his schools and he doesn’t just value the students but the community as a whole.”
With teary eyes, Mr Rogers spoke at John Pirie Secondary School for the last time.
“After 41 years, I am suddenly applying for a seniors’ card, so I can get on the bus for free,” he jokingly said.
“I have been privileged to have a job in the education department but you, the students, are the reason I have enjoyed my job so much.”
“Coming here to be the principal of this school has been the best decision of my life.”