Year 5/6 students (l-r) Jack Jones, Zoe Kavasilas, John McDonald, Rowena Whitney, Chinta King, Jordy Stanton.
Year 5/6 students (l-r) Jack Jones, Zoe Kavasilas, John McDonald, Rowena Whitney, Chinta King, Jordy Stanton.

Kids learn the value of learning

By Mel McMillan Star correspondent

FORMER Nimbin Central School student John McDonald vowed to never set foot in the school grounds again when he left in 1965.

The vow didn't last. He returned as the school cleaner and has now chalked up 18 happy years on the job.

This week, as part of Education Week's Back to School Day, John gave a talk to students in year 5/6 about the value of education and his own experiences as a student.

John, who suffers from dyslexia and was once caned four times on each hand for making a spelling mistake, told the students that things had changed a lot.

"School today is really great," John said. "I've told the kids to hang in there with their school work because jobs are the thing. I told them to concentrate on their school work so they can get a good job when they leave."

Deputy Principal Christine Grieves said Back to School Day was a powerful way to broaden the students' visions for their futures.

"The students get to hear real people telling real stories and that captures the children," she said.

"The children get to hear the stories of everyone from our school cleaner to the village lawyer. The message is that all our students have the capacity to be successful and that success can be measured in many ways."



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