Mrs Knight re­flects on blos­som­ing kids

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THOUGH Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege’s Jen­nifer Knight has taught for 51 years, no day was ever the same.

For Mrs Knight, this was the beauty of be­ing an art teacher.

“One of the great­est things about teach­ing art is I can teach a topic to 20 stu­dents and not any two of them will look at it the same way,” she said.

“They pro­duce some of the most cre­ative, imag­i­na­tive things and it can also tell you a great deal about the stu­dent and how they are think­ing.

“Some of those kids re­ally strug­gled in other sub­jects and when they find some­thing to blos­som in, it gives them con­fi­dence to do bet­ter in English, maths and sci­ence.”

Mrs Knight re­tired from teach­ing on March 2 af­ter 15 years at Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege.

She has also taught in a num­ber of schools in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

While it was time for her to start a new chap­ter of her life, she said Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege would al­ways have a place in her heart.

“I can’t see me not still be­ing part of Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege,” she said.

“There is some­thing about the way that you aren’t just there as part of the staff, you do feel like an in­te­gral part of a fam­ily there.”

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mark Ogilvie paid tribute to Mrs Knight for touch­ing the lives of ev­ery­one she has taught over the years.

“Mrs Knight is an ex­em­plary teacher, whose quest for ex­cel­lence in learn­ing art is matched by her com­mit­ment to the character and lives of her stu­dents,” he said.

Mrs Knight was among three other teach­ers who helped set up the high school in 2002.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PAS­SION­ATE: Out­go­ing Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege teacher Jen­nifer Knight with Sun­rise’s Ed­wina Bartholomew in Bowen last Fri­day.

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