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Jarrod 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.
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.