A fond farewell

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Farewelled Te Anau School teachers (from left) Lynne Smith, Miriam Dudfield and Sue Fuller left the school's graduation ceremony with thank-you bouquets. Photo: Julie Walls

TE ANAU School’s long-time dedicated teachers Lynne Smith, Miriam Dudfield and Sue Fuller were farewelled at the school’s graduation ceremony last month.

Smith had been associated with the school since 1982, relieving while having her family and started part-time in 1990 and full-time in 1998. In 2003 she was appointed assistant principal and junior syndicate leader.

Dudfield taught at the school for two decades, while Fuller was at the school for eight years, with some of those relieving.

Their combined teaching experience, at Te Anau and other schools, spans almost 100 years.

They were farewelled with a school haka performed by the school’s senior classes before leaving the Fiordland Community Events Centre, where the graduation was held.

All three said they had enjoyed their time at Te Anau School and “seeing the children develop and school grow”.

“We are looking forward to our retirement, while pursuing new activities.”

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