School block naming an ‘honour’

If you teach at a school for long enough, colleagues start to give you a ribbing and tell you "you’re part of the furniture".

But Helen Le Masurier’s 34-year contribution to Fairfield School is so respected by the community, the school has renamed its main teaching block the Le Masurier Block.

The recently retired teacher, former assistant principal and board of trustees member was tearful about the recognition during a special school assembly yesterday, which officially marked the renaming.

"I’m humbled, honoured, blown away really. I had no idea.

"When I turned up and saw that, it took my breath away. It was amazing — I might cry soon."

Retiring Fairfield School teacher Helen Le Masurier will long be remembered by pupils  after the...
Retiring Fairfield School teacher Helen Le Masurier will long be remembered by pupils after the school’s main block was named after her in an official ceremony yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Mrs Le Masurier said it was an emotional event.

"I’ve loved the school — it’s like a second family to me. I’ve seen a lot of changes over the time that I’ve been here — huge changes.

"It’s got a special place in my heart, mainly due to the people that I’ve worked with, the parents, amazing staff and the children."

The 73-year-old has been a teacher for 53 years.

She previously taught at Halfway Bush School and North East Valley Normal School before leaving to have a family.

She then returned as a relief teacher in several Mosgiel schools before joining the staff at Fairfield in 1989.

Principal Greg Lees said her service to the school was incomparable.

"She’s been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal for a number of years, she’s been the junior school team leader since 1989 — in a way, the school’s grown but she’s overseen that growth from the background.

"It’s recognition of a contribution from someone who is just so dedicated to the kids. She really is the backbone of the school."