This week sees the retirement of Tauranga Boys’ College principal Robert Mangan after 14 years in the top job, 33 years teaching at the school and more than 40 years involved in education.
Robert was my PE teacher when he turned up in 1982.
Some of Robert’s sporting passions were athletics and running, including distance running. Fair to say mine were not – but I can remember that his teaching style was caring, focused and with humour that connected.
As principal, Robert has much to be proud of. He was handed a great school when he took up the role in 2008 and he has built it to be a remarkable place for our diverse rangatahi.
As an Old Boy of Tauranga Boys’ College, I am filled with pride when I return to a school that genuinely turns boys to men; but, critically, men with the breadth of academic, sporting, social and cultural skills to succeed both in our community and the world today.
Thank you, Robert. Enjoy retirement. A job well done!