Retiring teachers welcome newbies
It is out with the old and in with the new for teaching in Tokoroa.
This year’s annual celebration of newly registered teachers in town was a particularly special one with three retiring teachers handing over the reins to four newly registered teachers.
After almost 30 years in the industry Jan Stobie has clocked out of the classroom once and for all.
She was joined by Daphne Kirkby and Nancy Underdown on the stage of Cargill Primary School on Thursday evening where tales of their journeys in and out of the classroom were told to the small crowd.
Stobie said it had been a rewarding career, one which she never embarked on until her youngest child started school.
She said the industry had changed dramatically since she first taught in 1985, and not all for the good.
‘‘ The politicisation of education [ has been the biggest challenge],’’ she said. ‘‘Teachers have had their innovative personal way of teaching stripped.’’
Children are not robots, she said, nor should teaching become mechanical.
‘‘ Children should only be measured for height and weight until they are 15 or 16, this manic focus on testing is stupid.’’
She said her hat goes off to all teachers fighting that battle today.
Her advice to newly registered teachers such as Lisa Jones, Rebecca Burgess, Rebekah Kyd and Vi Teaukura was to ‘‘never lose sight of the children’’.
‘‘You need to see the kid in everything you do,’’ she said.
And that is exactly what Jones intends doing.
Having been a teacher aid for 15 years, she is not exactly new to the profession.
She just felt studying and gaining her registration was the right thing to do.
‘‘I always knew I could do it,’’ she said.
New beginnings: Retired teachers Daphne Kirkby, left, Jan Stobie and Nancy Underdown celebrate with newly registered teachers Lisa Jones, Rebecca Burgess, Rebekah Kyd. Absent - Vi Teaukura.