School’s out for popular prankster
Biggenden State School teacher finishes after nine years
AFTER nine years at the Biggenden State School Geoff Parker is done and dusted and ready to hang up his chalk.
On the last day of term the school community gathered at a special ceremony to celebrate his time there.
Principal Ros Rackemann said Mr Parker was a pleasure to have on staff.
“You will be remembered for your passion for teaching, your caring nature and professionalism, those Hawaiian shirts and especially those pranks,” Mrs Rackemann said.
She described Mr Parker as a bit of a prankster with the majority of staff victims.
“Geoff set a trend at the school wearing as the Friday uniform was a Hawaiian shirt,” she said.
On his final day staff and some students joined him wearing those colourful shirts.
Mrs Rackemann said in the Trade Training Centre that was Mr Parker’s baby, there was a proper place for every single tool.
When Mr Parker arrived at work on his last day, all the tools were gone.
The students had played a prank on him, removing them but presenting them back to him at the ceremony.
Former student Cara Tucker said she was grateful to have Mr Parker for a teacher.
“You are a cool old kid on the block,” she said.
“You have left a big imprint on our lives.”
LoftyWendt highlighted Mr Parker’s professionalism and dedication and his commitment during his time at Biggenden.
“We feel you have made Anzac Day go from a little quiet ceremony to what we have today,” he said
“Remembrance Day is now a significant event in the town due to your involvement.”
Biggenden RSL sub-branch secretary Alex McNaughton said Mr Parker raised the awareness of Anzac Day and Remembrance Days to Biggenden and district school children.
“For them (the children) those memories will never fade away
Former teacher Jean Jones said Mr Parker was a key player in tying the staff together.
“The big tin shed is an immense asset for the school,” she said
“The whole school benefited not just individuals.”
Mr Parker said when he left high school didn’t know what he wanted to do.
“I started my working life at Salisbury at aged 17 years as a postman,” he said.
“The uniform was complete with whistle, push bike and hat.”
Later, even though he had never done manual arts, he took on a coach and motor body builder course.
Then he went to TAFE and became a school teacher.
“Teaching took me to Boystown, Logan Lea High school before coming out into the country to Kepnock, Isis and Biggenden in April 2007,” he said.
“So you never know where life is going to take you.”
Mr Parker said he had fantastic memories of his time at Biggenden, especially of the people and the kids.
“Thanks for the memories,” Mr Parker said.
HAPPY MEMORIES: Biggenden State School teacher Geoff Parker was presented with one of his Hawaiian shirts in a frame on his retirement from teaching.