Oh my gosh, I re­ally love it [teach­ing]. I am for­tu­nate to be in the ju­nior syn­di­cate . . . they are six or seven [year olds] and they are learn­ing for the first time. It is amaz­ing to be part of their learn­ing.

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dif­fer­ent. With fe­male staff the ‘‘ moth­erly in­stinct’’ kicks in whereas males will en­cour­age rough and tum­ble.

Teach­ers Sam McGavin or­gan­ises play­ground rugby and the boys re­ally en­joy that.

Dyer St is also for­tu­nate to have a male teacher, Rob Ar­row­smith, in its ju­nior school.

His path into teach­ing was very dif­fer­ent to most. Orig­i­nally from Eng­land, he came to New Zealand eight years ago.

Work­ing for the re­gional coun­cil look­ing af­ter in­fra­struc­ture such as bus stops and train sta­tions, he had a lot of con­tact with young tag­gers.

When he re­alised that the most en­joy­able part of his job was work­ing with the tag­gers to change their be­hav­iour, he thought about teach­ing. A visit to Dyer St proved life chang­ing. ‘‘I walked in the door and this lovely boy came up and said ‘hello my name is Noah and I wel­come you to the school’.’’

Ar­row­smith re­signed from the coun­cil and spent a year train­ing be­fore get­ting a job at Dyer St.

Teach­ing has proved to be a job he can im­merse him­self in.

‘‘Oh my gosh, I re­ally love it. I am for­tu­nate to be in the ju­nior syn­di­cate…they are six or seven [year olds] and they are learn­ing for the first time. It is amaz­ing to be part of their learn­ing.’’

He is cur­rently teach­ing an An­zac theme and he cites that as ex­am­ple of how re­ward­ing teach­ing can be. To get the pupils en­gaged in the topic, he is us­ing an­i­mals that served in World War I.

The lack of male teach­ers is of­ten put down to males fear­ing ac­cu­sa­tions by pupils. Ar­row­smith says he has never re­ally though about that.

In 2013, just 16.5 per cent of New Zealand’s pri­mary school teach­ers were men. Since 2004 there has been an 8.3 per cent drop in the pro­por­tion of male teach­ers work­ing at pri­mary school level.

David Ar­row­smith is the only male teacher in the ju­nior school at Dyer St School. It is a job he loves af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing look­ing af­ter in­fra­struc­ture for the re­gional coun­cil.

Male teach­ers such as Dyer St School’s Rob Ar­row­smith and David Turn­bull, up the tree, of­ten have a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to teach­ing than their fe­male coun­ter­parts. With them are Jay­den Plumb (St Bernard’s Col­lege pupil), teacher-aid Den­nis Tua, Bradley MeEwan, Eli­jah Afoa (both St Bernard’s), Sam McGavin, Kandu Pa­tel (teach­ers) and Sam Ha­ley (St Bernard’s).

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