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Christine savours last day of school

Monday, 19th May, 2014

BHHS Administration Officer Christine Spurr has retired after close to 30 years working with local schools. BHHS Administration Officer Christine Spurr has retired after close to 30 years working with local schools.

By Nick Gibbs

Broken Hill High School said goodbye to one of their longest severing staff members when Administration Officer Christine Spurr took her position behind the desk for the last time on Friday.

Christine is currently in her 20th year at BHHS, with previous postings at local schools adding up to close to 30 years of involvement in the industry. 

Speaking to the BDT on her last day, she said her follow staff members had become like family and not seeing them regularly would take some adjustment. 

“It will take a bit of getting used to,” she said.

Watching students grow into young adults was an especially rewarding part of the job and her years of experience developed a unique approach of how to treat them.

“I’ve been here that long I’m starting to see their kids coming through,” she said of the first pupils she got to know. 

“My philosophy has always been to treat the kids with respect because they might end up serving you at Woolworths or Coles.”

Christine moved to Broken Hill with the intention of staying a couple of years, but after her husband Ross found work on the mines, ended up raising four children in the city together.

“It’s been a great place for our kids to grow up,” she said, explaining that two of them went to BHHS during her time there.

“They thought it was pretty good to be able to come and get money.”

Christine is planning to relocate to Toowoomba later in the year and spend a significant portion of her retirement travelling.

Staff saw her off with dinner at the Junction Hotel on Friday night.

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