Beloved teacher leaving after 16 years at school

So long . . . Clinton School new entrant teacher Vicki Sanders watches her past and present pupils sing a farewell song. PHOTO: JACK CONROY


A much loved Clutha school teacher is moving on to new pastures following 16 years of service.
Clinton School new entrant teacher Vicki Sanders was given an emotional farewell during a school assembly last Friday.
Pupils and staff past and present did performances and gave thanks to Mrs Sanders who would soon be moving to Alexandra with her family.
“I feel a little overwhelmed. I was very moved,” Mrs Sanders said.
“I think being here for a long time you get to know the families quite well.”
The teacher said one of the best parts of teaching at the school was the community involvement.
“The parents are great. They’re supportive of myself as well as their children. It’s the hub of the community.
“I don’t think another school will replicate Clinton for me.”
School principal Vicki Neave said she was “very sad” about the loss of her colleague, but supported her career choice.
“Mrs Sanders is a very kind and supportive member of our whanau.
“She has made a huge impact on the lives of many of our staff and students. While this is a very sad occasion for us, its a very exciting opportunity for her.
The move was made necessary due to Mrs Sanders’ husband’s farming work.
“We’ve been managing two properties in the 25 years we’ve been here and now he’s going back to his family farm in Alexandra. Its just the time to do it,” she said.
Mrs Sanders would take up work as a new entrant teacher at St Gerard’s School, in Alexandra.