Two pillars of Wagga's independent schools are about to bring their decades-long journey through the Riverina to a close.
A stalwart of The Riverina Anglican College for the past 20 years, Michael Stubbs will be leaving the role of deputy principal in wellbeing to take up a similar title at St John Paul College in Coffs Harbour.
Meanwhile, Anne Stubbs will end her 19-year full-time tenure as a visual arts teacher at Henschke Primary School. Though, her work with the school began several years before her permanent appointment.
"Within about two weeks of arriving in Wagga, I was working there," Mrs Stubbs said.
At the time, Mr Stubbs had taken a job at the former St Michael's Catholic College. Five years later, he moved to the newly opened Anglican College.
With St Michael's then one of Wagga's oldest independent schools, the transition to the newly formed school was never more apparent than in the sporting world.
"At St Michael's I was coaching the likes of Joe Williams, [but] TRAC was still in infancy. There were only 40 kids to form a sporting team with, the younger school did well to fit in with the older schools," Mr Stubbs said.
As a freshly married couple seeking employment away from the big smoke, their arrival in Wagga in 1994 was never meant to become so permanent.
"That first week we said, we'll give it 12 months and see how it goes," Mrs Stubbs said.
"Within 12 months we found our feet, just can't believe that was 25 years ago," Mr Stubbs said.
But in the ensuing 25 years, the city has formed the backdrop to their developing careers and has become the home of their four children. Though the couple could never agree on which season to love - Mrs Stubbs preferring the winter, while Mr Stubbs lived for the summer.
"We're compromising by going to the milder temperature [in Coffs Harbour]," Mrs Stubbs said.
With three of the four children now living far away, Mr and Mrs Stubbs will relocate to Coffs Harbour with just their youngest, 15-year-old Charlotte.
"It's been a bit tough on her, but she's coming around to it. All of her friends are here, but with social media, your friends aren't too far away," Mr Stubbs said.
With the move to the coast just weeks away, the family are now negotiating which new hobbies will best reflect their newfound lifestyle.
"Will I take up surfing? More likely I'll take up fishing," Mr Stubbs said, gesturing towards the fishing rod leaning against the living room wall - a parting gift from a colleague.
While the appeal of a beach-side life has the family excited for the sea change, their respective school environments will be missed. Mr Stubbs will also leave behind his much-beloved Brothers footy.
But it is the culture of Wagga, they fear, which just won't be replicated anywhere else in the world.
"It's the way people help each other here. We've seen some tragedy, a close friend passed away very young, and other things we've dealt with in our own life. Here, meals turn up and kids are picked up from school, you're never alone. In Sydney, you can feel so anonymous," Mrs Stubbs said.