On track for retiring
BOB HOMANN has read 30,000 stories to Kin Kora State School students over the duration of his 30-year period as librarian at the school, prior to his retirement on Friday.
Retirement is an exciting prospect for Mr Homann, who is looking forward to spending more time on his other passions: trains, history, his 1976 Holden Kingswood, and of course, reading.
"I will miss the students," he said.
"Since primary school I've had 56 years of great educational fun."
During Mr Homann's career at Kin Kora, he has seen students evolve into teachers, and children become parents.
"The highlight has been teaching thousands of children," he said.
The school community prepared a moving tribute on Friday morning for Mr Homann, recognising the level of dedication and passion brought to the role.
Principal Kay Kirkman said the day conjured mixed emotions.
"Thank you for your tremendous service, not only to Kin Kora but also to your profession and Education Queensland," she said.
"We will remember you fondly and look forward to hearing tales of your train travels."
Mr Homann was presented with a Wrong Way Go Back sign to be fixed at his front gate to prevent an automatic commute to the school each day.
With a one way ticket to the Granite Belt already booked, 61-year-old Homann said their were benefits to leaving the post.
"I'm looking forward to travelling, sleeping in late, watching movies and tasting wine," he said.