THE bell has rung on a 35-year stint for Marian Catholic College’s Peter Baker.
The much-loved teacher was farewelled on the last day of term three after three-and-a-half decades at the college where advances in technology and student numbers have seen the school change completely.
“The school has grown so much,” Mr Baker said.
“When I first started in 1978 it was just a junior school – there was no year 11 and 12.
“Now there are over 600 students.”
Mr Baker credited a strong social culture as the key to his success.
“The staff have been a great lot,” Mr Baker said.
“That’s really what’s kept me going this long.”
The move to Griffith came after two years teaching in Sydney.
Mr Baker and his wife, Margaret, made the trip without knowing much about the area and the couple have since brought up a daughter and three sons.
“When we first came to Griffith we didn’t even know where the place was,” Mr Baker said.
“The only reason I knew anything about it was because it was not long after all the Donald Mackay stuff happened.
“We must have made a reasonably good decision because we’ve stayed here this long.”
Mr Baker is now busy packing up his family home with hopes of moving to Canberra before the end of the year.
Mr and Mrs Baker are particularly looking forward to a week at the Melbourne Cup carnival next month which has become a tradition.