FAREWELL: Long-time principal at The Risk Public School Larry Condon will retire on Friday after 29 years at the school. During his tenure it has become a tradition for Year 6 students to build a house out of matchsticks as a graduation rite of passage.
FAREWELL: Long-time principal at The Risk Public School Larry Condon will retire on Friday after 29 years at the school. During his tenure it has become a tradition for Year 6 students to build a house out of matchsticks as a graduation rite of passage. Doug Eaton

Teacher retirement worth The Risk

THE decision to retire as principal of The Risk Public School is one of the hardest decisions Larry Condon has ever had to make.

For 29 years, the school and The Risk community have been an integral part of the former Sydneysider's life.

Similarly, Mr Condon has played a pivotal role in the rural community north of Kyogle.

Not only has he taught and guided the young people of The Risk, he's lived in the community for 26 years and has been the treasurer of The Risk Hall Committee for the same time.

"It took me a long time to decide to retire," said Mr Condon, who will finish up on Friday.

"But when I finally did, I knew it was time.

"I love teaching and it's going to be very hard to leave that.

"But I'm going to be back at the school next year to do athletics with the kids and of course I'll still be part of the community."

When he arrived at The Risk, the school had 17 students and just one teacher - him.

"I was suddenly having to teach children of all different ages and all different grades all at the same time," Mr Condon said.

"It wasn't easy and it took a lot of work but I loved it.

"I've enjoyed seeing the children, many of them I have known since they were babies, grow and move on to high school and then make lives for themselves."



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