Re­tir­ing teach­ers wel­come new­bies

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO - By PETRICE TAR­RANT

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.

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