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Three “highly respected leaders” who have given dedicated service to Dunstan High School have been recognised for their “unwavering commitment” to generations of pupils.

But retiring Dunstan deputy principal Bev Anderson and assistant principals Alan Hamilton and Mark Willyams say they know Dunstan will continue with strength and in “good heart” under the watch of another group of high-calibre senior school leaders.

Ms Anderson, Mr Hamilton and Mr Willyams have clocked up more than 80 years at Dunstan between them, having worked at the school for 24, 36 and 23 years respectively.

School principal Reece Goldsmith said the three who make up the entire tier of deputy and assistant principals at the school would be “sadly missed” and “in some ways are irreplaceable”.

“All three of them have exhibited an unwavering commitment to generations of students here at Dunstan and I know there must be thousands of members of our community who owe a debt of gratitude to the support given to them by three people who have so generously given so much to develop not just great students but great young men and woman.”

All three have made phenomenal extra-curricular contributions to the school as well as their work within school hours particularly in the arts, and Mr Hamilton and Mr Willyams in sport.

Mr Hamilton national 400m medallist during his own sporting career and later did significant athletics coaching had done “a bit of sprinting” after pupils as well, sometimes chasing pupils who had absconded into the nearby pines.

“I was faster than them.”

Mr Hamilton said “building relationships” was at “the heart of a very successful school”.

Mr Willyams said he was proud to have been part of maintaining a culture at Dunstan that looked after pupils.

He said the thing he was most proud of at Dunstan was “that we produced decent people”.

He was also proud of the strong support from the wider Central Otago community for Dunstan. Ms Anderson said a treasured aspect of the time she and Mr Hamilton and Mr Willyams had spent at Dunstan was the friendship they had developed between them and their families. All three of them had deliberately chosen to bring their families up in Alexandra because of the strong values of its community.

PAM.JONES

@alliedpress.co.nz