Coun­try learn­ing curve

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - He­len Spelitis he­len.spelitis@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

LONG-serv­ing Monto and Mulgildie teacher Narelle Galloway might have re­tired, but she has walked away with some un­for­get­table mem­o­ries.

Ms Galloway left her life in the big smoke (Bris­bane) and be­gan teach­ing in 1976 at Childers State School.

But it was not un­til she was trans­ferred to Mulgildie State School that her coun­try ad­ven­ture be­came a lit­tle bit con­fus­ing.

“When I got my trans­fer I couldn’t pro­nounce the name Mulgildie. They gave me four road maps and it wasn’t on any of them, so I just thought I was go­ing to the Gulf.”

When Ms Galloway fig­ured out she wasn’t des­tined for the Gulf coun­try and be­gan her jour­ney to her new post­ing, she re­mained un­sure.

“I had never even driven on a dirt road be­fore and I had to keep pulling over to check the map.”

De­spite the cul­ture shock, Ms Galloway said her time was well spent with coun­try kids “a plea­sure to teach”.

One lit­tle girl in par­tic­u­lar stood out in her mem­ory.

“I had one child that no­body else seemed to be able to tame,” she said.

“And she came with this won­der­ful story-telling abil­ity, but just didn’t con­form to the class­room at all.

“She was in Year 2 and it was just lit­tle things like she would never wear her shoes and socks and her be­long­ings would just erupt out of her desk and all over the floor.

“When they left the dad ac­tu­ally gave me a rose and it was called a chameleon be­cause it changed colour.

“He said it was just like his daugh­ter be­cause she had changed so much.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­TIRED: Narelle Galloway couldn’t pro­duce the name ‘Mulgildie’ when she first ar­rived.

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