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paddy strangePaddy started college in 1974 and was a Green House member for five years.

He remembers teachers Brian Lynn and John Lynch as having the most influence on his teenage brain; maths was his favourite subject.

He left school to work as a builder’s apprentice and worked for Bradfords Construction for 10 years and then for Hansen & McFarlane Builders. He also ran his own business Backyard Enhancements.

He is married to Michele and has three children, and now sells real estate for Property Brokers in Ashburton. He still loves his rugby and multisport.

He has plenty of good memories from his college days, but said lunch break was ever long enough!

lee merrinLee was at college from 1966-1969 and was in Yellow House. She was involved with a few sports, including swimming and the horse riding team.
Her buddy Diane Deuart had a lot of fun together and she remembers her favourite subject was geography.
After school, she trained as a nurse and later moved to Australia to become a midwife. Lee now divides her time between the Gold Coast and New Zealand.
She says she wishes she had kept in touch with more of her school friends.

jarrod rossJarrod was at college from 1988-1993 and was in Orange House.
Not surprisingly, rugby and softball were sports he played for the school and his most memorablemoments were on the First XV’s tour to Australia.
He remembers Mrs Vallander, Mr Lynch and Miss Taylor as teachers he had a connection with.
After school, he moved to Waipukarau but is now back in Ashburton, buying, selling, investing and auctioneering property for Ray White’s real estate team.
His life experiences have included working in the freezing works, hotels, shearing sheds, transport yards, cool stores, rugby development officer and work as a radio commentator for Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB at all the rugby games at the AMI Stadium.
He and wife Sally have four children.