GLEN and Sue Knight have dedicated most of their lives to teaching the students of Eaglehawk Secondary College.
Mrs Knight has spent 44 years teaching physical education, politics, and history at the school.
Her husband has been working at the secondary college for 35 years, first as a teacher and then as business manager.
But after decades of service, they have both decided now is the right time to retire.
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"I can't say it's gone just like that," Mr Knight said. "It has been a long journey but it's been one that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
"It's one that has been made better because of the staff at the school. I've been here a long time and I'm happy to be at the end of the journey."
The Knights were both originally from Melbourne and moved to Eaglehawk for their first teaching jobs.
"The person at the education department said we have a posting for you and it's Eaglehawk High Tech," Mr Knight said. "I said, where is it? I thought it was in Tasmania.
"They said, no it's a suburb of Bendigo. I drove up here and started work on the following Monday. I've seen so many different staff and kids."
Mrs Knight had a similar experience in the early days of her teaching career.
"I applied for every beach school in the state because I wanted to go surfing," she said. "I got a posting in Eaglehawk and I remember saying to my mum, Eaglehawk? Thinking it was a suburb in Melbourne.
"I said, that's funny, I didn't apply for Melbourne. My mum proceeded to tell me where Eaglehawk was."
The Knights met each other at the school and subsequently got married and had three children.
Mrs Knight said she never considered leaving Eaglehawk Secondary College.
"You get to know the families and the generations that come through," she said. "It's just fabulous. I had some parents and grandparents say you can't retire, our last one is coming through.
"Not that you want to tag a person by their family name, but you get a fair idea of their background and at Eaglehawk, you really need to know the background.
"I've loved my time here. I've loved the community. I've been very blessed to teach in such a great school with wonderful kids."
Mrs Knight said the couple had found it easy to work together at the same school.
"We drive separate cars," she said. "Glen has to be here first to open all of the buildings and there's no way I'm going to be here at 7.30am.
"So we've always had our separate cars and we often don't see each other for a week at work."
The Knights will be having a sea change in their retirement, moving to the Bellarine Peninsula to be closer to family.
"Sitting on the verandah, looking directly across at the You Yangs and Port Phillip Bay, it's just divine," Mrs Knight said. "Why wouldn't you want to retire there?"
Mr Knight will be finishing up at the school this week, while Mrs Knight will officially retire next month.
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