Mixed day for Warwick East School
IT WAS an emotional day at Warwick East School on Thursday, with the success of the school cross country event and the retirement of principal Warren Elder.
With over 200 students competing, teacher Trevor Nelson congratulated the students and staff on the school's seventh successful cross country.
"This is the first time Prep, Year One and Year Two students have competed," he said.
"It was terrific to see the other students stand as a guard of honour to cheer them on."
Garland House topped the scoreboard to take out the trophy with 109 points, closely followed by Quinn House with 103 and Harwood House on 85.
Medals were presented to age champions and runners up before the celebration moved to the retirement of Mr Elder.
Guest speakers and teachers spoke of Mr Elder's committment to his students and the school, which suffered two floods during his eight years as principal.
Teacher Michael Sullivan shared stories from the students reflecting the fondness the students held.
"He was a hero to the students, and an inspiration leader to the staff, particularly during the floods which caused so much heartache and destruction to the school grounds and buildings," Mr Sullivan said.
Mr Elder said he had mixed feelings about retirement.
"There's something special about East school, and it's not just because it's my last school," he said.
"I'm glad that I am not being remembered for my excellent reports but rather as a good person."