New teacher is a hit with the stu­dents


WHENwalk­ing through the Whit­sun­day Christian Col­lege cam­pus with Stu­dent Wel­fare Of­fi­cer and teacher Thomas Dal­ton, he is con­stantly stopped for high-fives or to say hello, which makes it hard to imag­ine he ever con­sid­ered a ca­reer as an en­gi­neer.

Mr Dal­ton has been teach­ing Year 6 and 9 as well as over­see­ing the stu­dent wel­fare at the col­lege since July this year.

Now Whit­sun­day Christian Col­lege would like to of­fi­cially an­nounce his ar­rival to the rest of the com­mu­nity.

The col­lege have de­scribed him as a “nat­u­ral flour­ish­ing in his field”.

Mr Dal­ton said be­com­ing a teacher was some­thing he grad­u­ally de­cided on after be­ing heav­ily in­flu­enced by the teach­ers at his own high school.

Hav­ing stud­ied all sci­ence sub­jects through­out sec­ondary school, Mr Dal­ton thought he wanted to be an en­gi­neer.

All it took was one week be­hind a desk in an en­gi­neer­ing firm to change his mind.

“I knew there were other ways of feel­ing ac­com­plished in a job that did not re­quire sit­ting be­hind a desk for hours and hours on end. I was then nat­u­rally drawn to teach­ing,” Mr Dal­ton said.

He com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Pri­mary Ed­u­ca­tion at Grif­fith Univer­sity in 2013 and after a stint at Em­manuel Col­lege on the Gold Coast, he packed up his be­long­ings to move to the Whit­sun­days.

His sci­ence back­ground al­lows him to com­fort­ably teach Year 9 sci­ence.

He also teaches so­cial sci­ence, health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, spell­ing, speak­ing and lis­ten­ing to Year 6.

Mr Dal­ton firmly be­lieves that God called him to the Whit­sun­day Christian Col­lege.

“It’s hard to say but I feel as if I have a place here,” he said.

He said after liv­ing on the Gold Coast for his whole life, he finds that peo­ple ‘gen­uinely care’ in the Whit­sun­days.

“In the col­lege, ev­ery­one from the prin­ci­pal, to the ad­min staff, stu­dents and main­te­nance gen­uinely care and that is ev­i­dent in the rest of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

His cur­rent plans are to fur­ther im­merse him­self in the school and the Whit­sun­days com­mu­nity.

SO FAR SO GOOD: Whit­sun­day Christian Col­lege Stu­dent Wel­fare Of­fi­cer and teacher Thomas Dal­ton (front cen­tre) said he is en­joy­ing his ca­reer and life in the Whit­sun­days. Here he is pic­tured with stu­dents Jake Brooks, Bri­anna Gan­ter, Mad­die Wilson, Brooke Evans, An­gus Men­zies, Con­nor Mar­shall, Tayla Steven­son, (front row) Emma Carr and Alex Thomp­son.

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