Kadina teachers certainly add up
THIS was Education Week and five Kadina teachers celebrated a combined 130 years of service to publiceducation in NSW.
Julie Bryant, Irene Dawson, Greg Wade, and Tony Wilson have notched up 110 years, and new principal Ian Davies has more than 20.
Mrs Bryant began teaching at Glenn Innes before getting a job at Sydney’s tough, multicultural school, Canley Vale High.
“I was new, relatively inexperienced and teaching was hard,” she said.
“There was a lot for me to learn and the children wanted to learn, and I wanted to teach them.
“In 1985 I came to Kadina. I like the idea that quality teaching involves a long-term relationship with each child, the parents, and the community.
“To respect the child as a student and a person we need to teach with love. It’s not a nine-to-five job. We need to go the extra mile outside of school to help them achieve the very best. We all have a very long apprenticeship in teaching and, to become very skilled, we persevere with that apprenticeship.”
Tony Wilson said Mrs Bryant’s passion for English saw her choose teaching ‘and that is for the betterment of our students’.
He began in country NSW at Tottenham before moving to Lake Cargelligo with a dream of water sports.
“It was a great experience getting involved with the community,” he said, “and I believe that we need to do that.
“I quickly learnt there was more to education than just delivering a curriculum. It’s also understanding the nuts and bolts of the students socially, something I do here.”
He returned to Lismore in 1994 to teach at Kadina.