Two school favourites call time on teaching careers

Di Mackrell and Paul Murray step back from life of teaching

SCHOOL’S OUT: Di Mackrell and Paul Murray formally retired from teaching at Euroa Secondary College last Friday, after a combined 78 years at the school.

ON Friday afternoon Euroa Secondary College (ESC) farewelled some of its longest-serving members of staff.

Di Mackrell and Paul Murray have worked at ESC for a combined total of 78 years, and in the process had an input in the education of thousands of students across multiple generations.

Di has been the school’s librarian for 42 years, since moving out to Australia on a ‘brief’ working holiday from North Dakota, USA.

Her stint at Euroa was supposed to last for a little over a year while covering the librarian at the time, who was away on maternity leave.

Having failed to return home, Di has become an iconic part of the college community, not only as librarian, but as a pioneer of ‘non-traditional’ sports at ESC such as badminton and table tennis, and as the glockenspiel player for the college band.

Di also coordinates the Euroa Ukulele Group, Vocal Nosh and Strathbogie Singers outside of her time at the school.

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