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Mangere College Magazine 2017

He mamae aroha, Roger

He mamae aroha, Roger roger Barker, our school caretaker passed away on thursday 2 November having lost his battle with cancer. Here we pay respects to roger and the work he did for our school. Roger was caretaker at Mangere College for the past 20 years. In this role, Roger created a physical environment around the school that students and staff could have pride in and enjoy coming to school each day. He ensured that the buildings of the school were always looking their best and that the grounds were well presented and inviting. Many students and staff knew Roger well even if they did not associate with him daily. They felt and saw his work everywhere, from the wellkept grounds right down to the 6 Mangere College - 2017 light bulbs. Sports teams playing on the weekends appreciated him for waking up early to open the gates and padlocks so that the fields could be used. Roger embodied our school values of respect and responsibility. He was always there when we needed him. He took responsibility for his work in a quiet unassuming way, never asking for respect but always getting it. He worked behind the scenes to ensure that everyone else could benefit. He has been a huge part of the culture of this school. The Mangere College community would all like to pay their respects to Roger and our thoughts are with his family. He is very much missed. - Tom Webb, Principal ‘Roger created a physical environment around the school that students and staff could have pride in...’

Ka kite anō au i a koutou MARIE CAMPBELL Ms Campbell has taught students of Mangere College for 34 years. Sometimes three generations of families would benefit from her dedication and care. As an English teacher, Form teacher, Dean, co-HoD English, AIMHI Coach, Specialist Classroom Teacher and past editor of the school magazine, she has made a very positive impression on many young people and their families with her guidance and support both personally and academically. Staff have also benefitted greatly from her interest in their welfare through her role in the PPTA and especially with her sincere friendship. Ms Campbell has brought a sensitive and sometimes humorous touch to the staffroom. There is always a CHARLIE KEUNG Charlie has been at Mangere College since 1993. He started out as our Sports Co-ordinator and Health teacher. Charlie moved into teaching Physical Education and Health after a few years and this has always been a passion of his. His experience and knowledge of the subject is secondto-none. Charlie was also involved in a number of extra-curricular SANDY HARRIS sense of anticipation when she gets up to speak in morning meetings, as staff know there is probably a joke to be shared or the recounting of some anecdote. St Patrick’s Day is especially noteworthy, when we can’t tell if it’s the real Ms Campbell because her Irish accent is so good. Ms Campbell began her teaching career at Riccarton High School in Christchurch in 1973. She says: ‘Ten years later, after working in five other schools including two years at Samoa College and one year in Germany, I found my home at Mangere College. For thirty-four years I have enjoyed being part of the MC family. In that time, I have worked with many inspirational colleagues and students and formed lasting friendships. It is areas including volleyball, soccer and basketball. As a coach of many basketball teams Charlie saw success over many years. His passion and knowledge of the game meant his teams were always competing for first spot. Charlie has also been involved in many other areas of school life including Polyfest and Wider Living not easy to leave.’ ‘One of the most rewarding aspects has been learning of student achievement – a chance chat in a supermarket carpark with a youth advocate, a phone call from a builder with a business in Dunedin, an invitation to the powhiri for a new principal, a letter from a recently qualified teacher. The successes are many and varied. It has been an honour to have shared in your journeys. Continue to aim high and ‘Seek the Heights’. ‘May the road rise to meet you…’ ‘Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tō huarahi.‘ Week. He even took a group to Australia one year. Charlie’s knowledge and passion for Physical Education will be missed, as will his sense of humour. Ms Sandy Harris leaves Mangere College to take up the position of Deputy Principal at Lynfield College. In 1994 she began a relieving job at Mangere College and says ‘I never left!’ She has been HOD English at MC for 16 years and taught English, Journalism and Media Studies, as well as editing the school magazine for four years. She published the MC vegetarian cook book. She was Year 9 and 10 Dean during her time here and in 2016 was Principal’s Nominee on the Senior Management Team. Ms Harris served on the Board of Trustees as Staff Representative for five terms employing two Principals during that time. She was also PPTA Secretary for many years. She managed the Girls’ Rugby team, and was involved in many school camps for Wider Living Week. She has lasting memories of time at Maraitai camps with Liz Potter. She assisted the Cook Island and Kapa haka groups for Polyfest and enjoyed a fabulous two week trip to the Cook Islands. Staff and students have appreciated her conscientious, committed and caring presence and she will be missed. Sandy says: ‘I loved going to the school garden with my ESOL class and using it as part of our literacy development work. The best cauliflower and broccoli ever is grown there! I enjoyed taking students to many theatre performances and writers festivals over the years. I am going to miss MC’s colourful students, vibrant culture and people with big hearts. Mangere College has certainly been a major part of my life for the past 24 years, both personally and professionally. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our students and their families and supporting them to achieve success. I have made lifelong friends, many of whom I have shared significant life events and created lasting memories with. It has been a privilege to be part of the Mangere College family. The students, staff and families will always have a special place in my heart and I will continue to follow Mangere College’s journey in the years to come.’ Mangere College - 2017 7

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