Esteemed Coonabarabran High School acting principal, Graham Enks, will soon embark on a new chapter after retiring from the school on Thursday, 17 December.
Affectionately known by staff and students as “Enksy”, Mr Enks completed his studies at the University of Newcastle and was first posted to jobs in Kandos and Bulli.
He went on to spend three years teaching in Tottenham, where he met his lovely wife, Jo.
The Enks’ family relocated to Coonabarabran in 1984, raising four children - Peter, Allan, Isabel and Laura - and firmly established themselves in the local community, particularly at Ulamambri.
A talented Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) teacher, Mr Enks taught numerous classes including design and technology and engineering studies.
His students frequently received strong results, including this year’s entire Year 12 engineering class, who each recorded a Band 6 mark (above 90) in their Higher School Certificate (HSC).
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr Enks also held the position of deputy principal for a number of years, and in 2015 took on the role of acting principal in Mel Johnston’s absence.
Although Mr Enks is retiring from Coonabarabran High School, he will continue to teach at schools across the district on a casual basis, including Mendooran Central School several days a week.
“I started off teaching at a central school - so I I’ve come full circle,” Mr Enks said.
“Teaching is my craft and it felt like it was time to go back to my roots while I’m still keen to embrace teaching.
“I must acknowledge the journey that I’ve shared with a lot of excellent teachers and quality students.
“The confidence shown by the community in regards to their sons and daughters being able to achieve academically and holistically at Coona High is why I’ve continued to stay here for so long.
“It truly is a unique, comprehensive school.”
Taking over the reigns from Mr Enks, deputy principal, Mary Doolan said his departure would close a significant chapter in the school’s history.
“It is fitting that he concludes his time at Coonabarabran High as relieving principal, as his contribution to our school over three decades has been profound, grounded as it always was in his absolute commitment to the welfare of both students and staff,” Mrs Doolan said.
“As a teacher, Mr Enks is the yardstick for excellence in academic achievement.
“From athletics to all matters TAS and not forgetting his hosting of many memorable staff functions and unique sense of humour, Mr Enks has stamped his inimitable style on Coonabarabran High School.
“We are all the richer for his time with us.”
Coonabarabran High School’s popular teacher, Graham Enks, pictured with his final engineering class.