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Special anniversary


On the 24th of July Royal Oak Intermediate celebrated a very special anniversary. One of their most popular teachers, Mrs Mehar Nabi, marked 25 years at the school. As senior teacher Mike Webber pointed out, she has been at the school so long she is now teaching the children of many of her first pupils. 

A special school assembly was held to mark the occasion, and Mrs Nabi was showered with praise, gifts and flowers. Principal Ross Devereux also announced that a new academic cup for the female Dux would be named in Mrs Nabi’s honour

Local MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga congratulated Mrs Nabi and read a special message for her from the Minister of Education. Chloe Swarbrick, who is a former pupil of Mrs Nabi sent her best wishes, saying “You’re my hero,” and promising to visit as soon as she could. 

Perhaps the most glowing tributes came from a large group of former pupils now attending Onehunga High, MAGS and Epsom Girls. They all spoke of their love for Mrs Nabi and how she had inspired them to study hard. The most regular comment being that she was theirsecond mother.”

Former colleagues also showed up in force and spoke of the pleasure they had working alongside her, especially in the way she had supported them to develop as teachers. Mr Devereux read a letter from his predecessor, Derek Linington, who sadly was unable to attend. Mr Linington spoke of how when former pupils would email, phone or visit the school, the first thing they almost asked was always, “How is Mrs Nabi?”

Finally it was Mrs Nabi’s turn and after gently scolding her former pupils for missing school to come and see her, she thanked everyone she had worked with over the years as well as all the parents. She finished with special thanks to her husband of 44 years, Farzand, for his love and support.







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