Stick up at Byron Public School
PRINCIPAL of Byron Bay Public School, Geoff Spargo returned to work after the June long weekend to find that "someone" had decorated his office with little pictures of all the pupils at his school.
Mr Spargo is retiring in July after 44 years of working in education so we at the Byron Shire News guess its "someone's" way of saying that everyone at Byron Public will miss him.
Mr Spargo has been with the Department of Education for 39 years and spent 5 years working in Papua New Guinea with the International Education Agency where he was a teacher in Lae.
He has also worked throughout NSW and spent 20 years as principal at Coraki Public School.
"I'm actually passed the retirement age of 60 but I have loved teaching so much that I decided to stay on for another four years," he said.
Deputy Principal Natalie Lennon will step into the role of acting principal in July.
Byron Public also celebrated the handover of a new all-weather outdoor basketball court this week.
The courts have been under construction for the last 13 weeks with the funds to build the court raised through the school's building fund and donations through the P&C.
"The major fundraising event was through the monthly raffles at the Byron Bay Golf Club," said Mr Spargo.
"The investment was $32,000 and the courts will be in use for the next 10-20 years.
"It's an all-weather synthetic grass court that will improve the quality of the outdoor activities for all the kids.
"Basketball is really taking off here at the school and around Byron Bay.
"Now we can play all year around," Mr Spargo said.