Final bell tolls for retiring principal after 44 years
POPULAR Coolum State School principal Pat Cavanagh was farewelled into retirement yesterday in a fitting celebration of a lengthy career.
After the 3pm bell tolled, Mr Cavanagh will retired after 44 years in education, 22 as principal of the primary school where he left a lasting legacy.
The school put on two "massive" parades yesterday morning for the 64-year-old and followed by a guard of honour.
"I have had a fabulous time here and I leave with fantastic memories," Mr Cavanagh said.
"Every day I find joy to work with children. They always make you smile or laugh.
"But I can't go on forever"
Mr Cavanagh said the farewell in front of 1000 students was "unbelievable" but also "bittersweet".
He said the sense of community spirit was the greatest achievement he had created at the school.
Deputy principal Ross Naumann said Mr Cavanagh had done an "exceptional" job.
"It is very rare for someone to pledge a commitment like that for so long," Mr Naumann said.
"He certainly has earned the respect of the entire school, and community.
"He has played a very important part in fostering that community spirit the entire time."