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Suzanne was a teacher at the college from 1990-1992 and was affiliated with Orange House. She managed the girls’ hockey team.
She still remembers her first day, being shown around the campus and she had lots of fun on school camps and ski trips.
She loves the work of colleagues Keith Gunn and Greg Jones, and says they are awesome teachers.
Suzanne currently lives at Pendarves, in the Ashburton district.
Jeff was a keen hockey player and favourite subjects were engineering, woodwork and tech drawing.
He can remember getting into trouble in Mr Vallender’s class and being sent off to be caned.
He left school to work at Autolines and completed an apprenticeship as car mechanic, though he spent his time out of work racing motorcycles.
He was always hanging around Honda Country and when he finished his apprenticeship, he went to work there. He married Kerry in 1989 and moved to the Yamaha shop known as MacKay and Donaldson. The couple spent a year in Nelson before coming back to Ashburton, where Peter Williams offered him a job at the Suzuki shop – he ended up buying the business.
Jeff was a St John cadet for nearly a decade, which came in handy when he and his mates crashed off their motorbikes. He is also a handy skill in his role as a volunteer firefighter and he has been with the Ashburton brigade for 32 years.
Peter played tennis, hockey, badminton and a host of sports – he says the games and his team-mates are what he remembers most.
He and Gary Stringer were most likely to get into trouble together, though not in PE with Alan Faith, his favourite subject and teacher.
Peter took a job at KFC after leaving school so he could concentrate on his tennis, but was managing the place within six months. He was there 14 years, before leaving for Talleys. He moved to Stuart Tarbotton Contracting in 2013.
His only school-day regret is that he didn’t focus enough on the academic side of school life.