End of an era at Gisborne Boys’ High School

Mr Mackle is pictured with head prefect Riaki Ruru (left) wife Julie and chairman of the board of trustees Ian Ruru. Picture by Liam Clayton

GREG Mackle attended his final prizegiving last night after 21 years as principal of Gisborne Boys’ High School.
In a farewell speech, chairman of the board of trustees Ian Ruru acknowledged Mr Mackle’s work in “tirelessly and selflessly” leading the school.

“You are ‘Mr GBHS’. There are thousands of boys whose lives you have guided and families you have touched. You leave big shoes to fill but rest assured knowing that Gisborne Boys’ High School will continue to flourish with the legacy you leave. Toa hinga kore Toa mate kore,” he said.

Mr Ruru remembers being at Mr Mackle’s powhiri in 1986 as one of his chemistry students. Now, 31 years later, he was farewelling him as the school’s leader.

The 2017 school prefects presented Mr Mackle with a Te Toki a Toa Mate Kore trophy and a Pacific Island art piece, and performed a heartfelt haka.

He is retiring at the end of the year and looks forward to spending more time with his whanau. Otago Boys’ High School deputy rector Andrew Turner has been appointed principal for next year.

GREG Mackle attended his final prizegiving last night after 21 years as principal of Gisborne Boys’ High School.
In a farewell speech, chairman of the board of trustees Ian Ruru acknowledged Mr Mackle’s work in “tirelessly and selflessly” leading the school.

“You are ‘Mr GBHS’. There are thousands of boys whose lives you have guided and families you have touched. You leave big shoes to fill but rest assured knowing that Gisborne Boys’ High School will continue to flourish with the legacy you leave. Toa hinga kore Toa mate kore,” he said.

Mr Ruru remembers being at Mr Mackle’s powhiri in 1986 as one of his chemistry students. Now, 31 years later, he was farewelling him as the school’s leader.

The 2017 school prefects presented Mr Mackle with a Te Toki a Toa Mate Kore trophy and a Pacific Island art piece, and performed a heartfelt haka.

He is retiring at the end of the year and looks forward to spending more time with his whanau. Otago Boys’ High School deputy rector Andrew Turner has been appointed principal for next year.

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