Monaro High School students and staff gave retiring deputy principal David Brison a very personal send-off at a farewell assembly recently.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) organised a special assembly and made some very personal farewell presents for Mr Brison, who has been at the school since 2002.
School captain and SRC representative Georgie Clarke was the master of ceremonies at the surprise farewell assembly organised by the SRC students in which all the SRC member wore colourful ties as a humourous dig at the popular deputy quirky dress sense.
Georgie Clarke said Mr Brison always had kids' interest at heart.
"He was always there for the kids," she said.
"One of my favourite memories was the year nine camp and Mr Brison counting down the days [until it was time to go on it].
"It is a good memory for everyone."
Year 11 student Alex Bridgeman presented Mr Brison with a DVD he made with interviews of students and staff saying what their best memories of him were and what they will miss about him. There was also a slide show of photographs over the years at the school.
Principal Adrian Bell said Mr Brison was known for his sense of humour and his colourful ties.
"He was very supportive of the students and work with the school rock eisteddfod and will be missed," Mr Bell said.
'Keep off the lawn' and 'be nice to your mother' were Mr Brison's favourite mantras.
Mr Brison said he was very touched by the SRC farewell.
He described his time at Monaro High as 'interesting'.
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"Every day is different," Mr Brison said.
"Dealing with humans, sometimes great things happen.
"But the buck stops here and sometimes students need disciplining."
Mr Brison said the highlights at Monaro High were the year 9 camps and the school rock eisteddfods.
He said he really enjoyed working with the students and staff crew backstage for the school rock eisteddfods.
"It was a huge challenge moving tonnes of props and equipment to Sydney and assembling it in four minutes during the performance,": Mr Brison said.
He went to the school for the kids and his role as deputy was about listening to them and at least giving them a chance to give their side of the story.
"Most kids have a sense of right and wrong and justice," he said.
"Education is a great leveller. A poor person can be a doctor and rise above their situation and do things. Education is the key to a whole range of things and the key to peoples' future. If you want to have a great society you have to educate people.
"I have always aimed to turn out solid citizens to become good members of the community and decent human beings.
Mr Brison has been with the education department for 38 years, the last 10 at Monaro High School.
He started his teaching career at Rooty Hill as a science teacher where he taught for 10 years before going to Saint Marys High School for four years.
A promotion to head teacher saw a move to Mount Druitt High and then Dunheved High for the next 14 years.
In 2002 Mr Brison was promoted to deputy principal at Monaro High School.
He said some of the best times prior to taking on the demanding role of deputy was coaching sport.
Mr Brison plans to spend more time with his daughter and two grandchildren in Sydney.
Mr Brison, whose day as a deputy began at 6am, said he will miss the contact with around 650 students.
"It will be a shock to the system," he said.
"I always said the holidays and weekends were too long.
"After six months I will probably join a service club, probably Lions because I enjoy building, and will still help the P&C and help out at the local show."
"The Cooma community is fabulous and supportive and is one of the reasons I will retire here. It is a nice friendly country town."