Fond farewell to fine teachers

By Sophie Ryan

Opua School farewelled almost 90 years of combined teaching experience at the end of the school year.

Ex-principal Roger Young and new entrant teacher Jenny Antunovic

both retired in December, after 89 combined years of teaching in Northland.

Roger Young began teaching at Opua School 23 years ago as deputy principal, and took over the position of principal after Joe Tipene retired in 2001.

Mr Young contributed 43 years of service to education in Okaihau, Russell, Ngaiotonga and Opua.

Jenny Antunovic has taught for 46 years in Opua and Kaikohe and started at Opua School in 2003.

"It has been a privilege and honour to be the principal of such a great little school," Mr Young said in his final newsletter to the community.

"Jenny is one of the many reasons that Opua School has been so successful. As she retires she will be a huge loss to both the school and the profession," he wrote.

Mrs Antunovic had been working with new entrant pupils in a reception class. She is a life member of New Zealand Education Institute as well as a welfare officer for the teachers' union.

She will retire to a small farm near Whangarei and fill her days with farming and gardening, as well as relief teaching.

Simon McGowan is the new principal at Opua School.

- Northern Advocate

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