Ann’s first memory of St Peter’s is how big everyone was.  Coming from St Mary’s Primary School, the pupils here seemed like a race of giants!  She settled in well amongst them though – a sporty girl, who enjoyed sprinting and cross country.  She took part in Eisteddfods as well, but doesn’t recall winning anything (although “The Rock” of 1979 records a third prize in Junior Instrumental)  Ann does remember plenty of practice in public speaking whilst at school, which has proved useful when giving talks in later years.

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She thought about training as a vet ,  or maybe going into the law, but having helped out in the family pharmacy business during holidays and weekends, she gravitated towards pharmacy as a career.  An aptitude for maths and the sciences helped – in 1983 she won prizes for maths and biology – and she got lots of encouragement from Brother Ted, who was a regular visitor at the family home.

The LaHood family always had close connections with St Peter’s and would run the candy floss stall at the annual School Fair.  Ann remembers Brother Ted’s infectious enthusiasm for getting everyone on-side and making it a real community effort.  There was a lot of camaraderie and as well as hard work, it was good fun.

Head Girl in her final year at school and also an assistant in the production of “The Rock”, on leaving school,  Ann went on to pharmacy college in the North Island.  After three years of study, she gained her diploma and did a further year as an intern and then returned to work in the family business in Gore.  After a few years back home, the wider world beckoned and Ann went travelling.

Over the next ten years she divided her time between travelling in Europe and working back home to fund the next trip, before finally settling back in Gore when she met and married South African, Karl Metzler.

With her own children now pupils at St Mary’s, Ann is looking forward to reconnecting with St Peter’s when they move on to senior school.

Contact Details

Street Address: 121 Kakapo Street, Gore, Southland, New Zealand
Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
Telephone: (03) 208 9060
Fax: (03) 208 0000

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