Your genuine caring attitude showed me that despite all I faced, someone cared. Knowing this stopped me from taking my life back then, and now inspires me in my studies to be a counsellor. I know there will be many people you have impacted in a similar way over the years, and yet you probably don’t get to hear the successes we become after we leave High School. Thank you, never forget how important it can be to simply care.
Mr Tooley! You are amazing and I wish my babies get the chance to experience the dedication, commitment, manaakitanga and kindness that myself and many other students at Bader received. Your passion for helping us was instilled in my “hard drive” permanently which I have been able to pass on to other children I work with. I hope you read this, and understand how special you are to both myself and alot of others from Mangere. Te Kakano – The Seed was our motto, a seed which you have planted in all of us to aim high and succeed!
Tougher then nails and hard as bricks, there was never a dull day in his classroom. The biggest guy in school who walked around with short shorts and jandals and a matching FORD with personalised plates…whether in the school or in public you were always a force to be reckoned with! Mr Wenske helped me build my confidence, he was a “billy T and Tui Teka” kinda funny that helped us learn. He made class fun, memories we still often share on Facebook and other school pages!