Mike Anscombe was a Foundation Staff member here at Waitakere College, starting as a beginning teacher in 1975. He retired in 2015 after 40 years of teaching service interrupted by short spells at Kristen and secondment at schools around the country. But his heart was Waitakere.
Mike worked with 5 Principals and gained the admiration of us all, he started as an energetic science teacher and then retrained to complete his career as a dynamic teacher of Maths.
He made each of these subjects come alive with exciting hands-on experiments or relevant, realistic applications of the subjects to the real world. His ability to engage students in these two subjects was loved by his students and their parents and admired and respected by his colleagues.
Mike shared his passion for life by leading and becoming involved in many extracurricular activities such as school camps to Matamata, Motutapu, Pararaha Valley tramps and Whatipu cave overnight trips.
Mike enjoyed outstanding success with college football as an exceptional coach and FIFA referee. With the ability to bring out the best in his sporting students, he helped them win at least two championships over the years.
Mana is developed and enhanced by deeds and maintained by respect and humility. The mana that Mike possessed helped to shape the positive culture within Waitakere College that is respect, caring, learning and the pillars of our Houses - Aroha (love), Manawanui (perseverance) and Matauranga (Knowledge).
It was fitting that he was farewelled by a student Haka at his funeral on Monday.
Mike was greatly missed when he retired, and even more so now he has passed.
Waitakere College thanks his wife, Cathy, and daughters Tracy and Lynda for sharing Mike's life with us.