Leigh and Aart Brusse at a Post Primary Teachers'
Association presentation ceremony at the Dunedin Masonic
Lodge where they were acknowledged, along with 22 other
teachers, for long service to Otago education. Photo by
Between them, Leigh and Aart Brusse have contributed
nearly 90 years to education in Otago.
The pair are among the longest-serving teachers in Otago, and
were two of 24 Otago teachers recognised by the Post Primary
Teachers' Association this week for service to education.
Mrs. Brusse (66) has clocked up 43 years as a geography,
social studies and classics teacher as well as roles as
careers adviser and STAR and Gateway programmes manager.
Mr Brusse (69) has served 44 years, mainly as a music
teacher, with sides of science and physical education.
''It has gone by in a flash,'' Mrs. Brusse said.
Mrs. Brusse started her teaching career at Sawyers Bay
Primary School before moving to Tokomairiro High School in
Milton, where she first met Mr Brusse who had begun his
''Our first date was at the school formal,'' Mr Brusse said.
Mr Brusse later moved to Bayfield High School, before Mrs.
Brusse joined him via a short stint at Taieri College.
''It was nice to have the kids come through school with us -
work was more like home,'' he said.
Mr Brusse recently retired as head of music at Bayfield, but
continues to teach itinerant music at other schools around
Mrs. Brusse said she hoped to join him in semi-retirement
''Aart's already retired and I would like some time for
myself as well.''