When the bell rings for the final time at Otago Boys'
High School this year, it will also signal the end of principal
Clive Rennie's 46-year education career.
Mr Rennie (70) told staff and pupils yesterday of his
decision to retire at the end of the year. It came after he
said last year he was looking at retirement when he stood,
unsuccessfully, for the Otago Regional Council in the local
Mr Rennie, who has been OBHS rector for 14 years, said he had
mixed feelings about retirement.
''I've really enjoyed my job. This is a great old school and
the people here are very good to work with.''
As an old boy of the school, returning as rector was a
''strong desire'' of his.
''I am very privileged to have held it.''
Despite this, he was very pleased with his efforts to change
the culture of the school.
''In my opinion, we have made progress on cultural change.''
While still putting all his energies into the school, he was
looking ahead, as he did not plan to take things quietly.
He was about to be sworn in as a justice of the peace, had
taken on more responsibility at Rotary and was also looking
at ways he could ''play a part'' in assisting principals
through the Education Ministry.
''I'm not going to just stop. I've always had the opinion if
you retire you die and I'm not going to do that.''
The board would soon being looking for a new rector.
Mr Rennie is the third Dunedin secondary school principal to
announce they are leaving at the end of the year. Columba
College's Elizabeth Wilson will retire after 34 years as
principal and St Hilda's Collegiate principal Melissa Bell
after seven years.