THANKS MR FIFOOT: Retiring Lockyer District High School teacher Bob Fifoot was shocked with a special surprise going-away party on Friday night. Bob is Pictured with school staff member Chantal Revell, his wife Annette and former student Murray Wright.
THANKS MR FIFOOT: Retiring Lockyer District High School teacher Bob Fifoot was shocked with a special surprise going-away party on Friday night. Bob is Pictured with school staff member Chantal Revell, his wife Annette and former student Murray Wright. Tom Threadingham

Lockyer District High surprise farewell for Bob Fifoot

FOR Bob Fifoot, walking to the Lockyer District High School Library on Friday night was to help someone fix a computer, or so he thought.

Upon arrival, Mr Fifoot was greeted with a room full of teachers, students and family who had put on a surprise going-away party.

Caught out by the special gesture, Mr Fifoot listened to past students and colleagues as they gave detailed anecdotes about what it was like working beside and learning from the veteran teacher.

Mr Fifoot said it was a special night he had enjoyed.

"It was a great surprise because I didn't know about it until I walked in the door," Mr Fifoot said.

"What delighted me was the number of stories of times past that people told. They were good, happy stories.

"For me, if you've worked with me or I've teached you, you are family and it was a welcoming, warm and caring family reunion."

Mr Fifoot will retire from the Lockyer District High School this year after 49 long years.

As the school's treasured mathematics teacher, Mr Fifoot has estimated he has taught more than 5000 students in his time.


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