Chris Boyle started as a pupil at St Peter’s College in 1969 and never really left until 2013.  He decided it was finally time to leave after his lifelong association with the school and resigned as a director of SPC Hostel Ltd.

Back in the sixties, the Boyles were farming at South Hillend near Winton and Chris’s father had been involved in the early fundraising to establish a Catholic boys’ school in Gore.  Chris was brought to the opening ceremony of the school and was quite nervous about being a boarder.  Coming from a class of 14 in primary school to 3 Form 3 classes of about 30 at SPC was a big change.  In those days all the boarders were boys and they had lots of spare time on site and played a wide range of sports.  They often went swimming and played pool and enjoyed listening to the music.

The Boyle Family (from left) Emmett, Veronica, Aidan, Suzanne, Chris, Elizabeth and Kieran
Chris was in the maths and science stream and as he didn’t want to go straight to university when he left school, he saw a job advertised for a school leaver in an accountant’s office in Invercargill and got it.  He worked there for two years and did part-time tertiary study and then went to Otago University, before returning to the same Invercargill firm.  Looking back, Chris reflects that when he left school, Gore was just about the last place on earth he planned to settle, but his next job was here in town. He moved back to Gore in September 1978 and he’s been here ever since.

While at university, Chris met his future wife, Suzanne, also an ex SPC pupil and once settled back in Gore they resumed their long association with the school.  Their five children attended St Peter’s, Suzanne served for a number of years as Proprietor’s representative on the Board of Trustees and Chris was secretary to the Board of Governors at the time of integration.  He was a regular helper at the Fair, counting the takings, until he pointed out that parents who worked in banks were probably better at counting money than an accountant.  On a practical level he also helped out with working bees, like the one to lay all the concrete steps up to the chapel.   Over most of the time back in Gore he has had some work connection with the Hostel and when it was restructured in 2011 he became a director of the SPC Hostel Ltd company and continued in this role until 2013.

As for life in Gore, Chris reckons it’s a great place to bring up a family.  The wide range of amenities and sporting facilities and the proximity to Central Otago and Fiordland, offer unlimited opportunities.  Chris has been an enthusiastic supporter at the many sporting activities that his family have been involved in and also managed various sports teams.  Now that he has the opportunity, he enjoys travelling around New Zealand to visit his now widely spread family

Despite having an early aptitude for numbers which led him into an accounting career, he has found that the job is as much about people as numbers and his communication skills have turned out to be just as important.  He sees the job as not just helping those who have got into difficulties but helping local people to succeed in business and farming.

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
Email: office@stpetersgore.school.nz

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