Waitaki Boys High School will next year have to continue
without almost a century's worth of teaching experience,
after it lost the services of several senior teaching staff
in the second half of the 2012 school year.
Since the start of term three this year, four senior members
of staff, including two year deans and a deputy rector, with
a combined 61 years of teaching experience at the school,
have either resigned to take up new positions away from WBHS
or retired from teaching, and yesterday long-serving history
teacher Graham Kitchin called time on his 38-year career at
Board of trustees chairman Bill Wright paid tribute to Mr
Kitchin's ''stalwart'' service.
''He has given tremendous service to Waitaki, through his
whole teaching career.
''He has served through six rectors and been dedicated to
classroom teaching to boys and Waitaki.''
Mr Wright had ''absolute confidence'' teaching standards
would remain high at the school, despite the loss of a total
of 99 years of classroom teaching experience over the past
few months, Mr Wright said.
Staff had left either through retirement or promotion.
''They are moving on to something brighter in their careers
so good on them,'' he said.