gavin templeton1973 - 1978.

Gavin Templeton, T block, Blue house and proud!

AshColl is where his love of music and drama developed but he did recall getting into a spot of bother with Barry Baynes and Peter Soal for wagging and the detention that followed.

Dean Don McKenzie had a huge impact and despite a hip replacement after the 7th Form, once recovered, Gavin would later go on to work for him at RX Plastics, followed by a stint at a garden centre and then a credible 39 years at the BNZ. Currently Gavin is the Card Services Representative for Rural-Co.

When asked about advice if he could go back to his school days, don't sweat the small stuff, give it back and stand up for yourself.



jocelyn thompsonJocelyn attended Ashburton College from 1965. Although not a sporty girl she had passion for, and dedicated a lot of her time to the Red Cross. She was was rewarded for this, when chosen to attend the Leadership Course for the Red Cross at Lincoln College, something that she remembers with pride.

Teachers with the most impact included Cliff Bezar and Maudie Durant while the friends she had the most fun were all classmates from 3P2: Lyndal Witherford. Raywen Higgins and Macel Johnson.

Following on from her Red Cross days, after leaving school Jocelyn ventured into nursing, worked as both a grocery and Manchester retailer, Social Services and is currently employed at Idea IHC Services in Tinwald.

Her advice. Stay at school until the end of the 4th year!



elaine vallenderElaine taught music at AshColl from 1975 - 2013 and to this very day having being the House Leader, a very staunch supporter of Orange House.

It goes without saying that Elaine was involved with all the music and drama groups but also dabbled as a Netball Coach.

She reflected on her first time as Muscial Director. The show was Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. Herself and the art teachers involved had a blast!

Elaine's most memorable school moment...meeting her future husband Glenn. When asked about students that had an impact, two sprung to mind. Liz Carrick and Ian Lattimore.

If she could go back, Elaine would do it all the same, she loved the kids but "I was old school."

Since leaving college Elaine has been a long  and dedicated employee of St John as their Executive Officer here in Ashburton.