Brian O’Dwyer

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Travel and ad­ven­ture await Brian O’Dwyer, who will call time on his 38-year teach­ing ca­reer — 34 of which have been spent at Seymour’s St Mary’s Col­lege — at the end of this year.

Com­ing straight out of the build­ing trade and in to teach­ing, Mr O’Dwyer com­bined his two loves and taught at Broad­mead­ows Tech­ni­cal School for five years, be­fore mak­ing the move to St Mary’s.

There, he’s been the wood­work guru for a gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents, while his path­ways teach­ing and men­tor­ing have helped guide hun­dreds of Years 9 and 10 stu­dents on their cho­sen ca­reer paths.

Then there’s the col­lege drama pro­duc­tions — one of Mr O’Dwyer’s fond­est mem­o­ries — where he has been head of back­stage since he ar­rived at St Mary’s.

Re­flect­ing on his time at the col­lege, Mr O’Dwyer said it was the staff and stu­dents that he’ll miss the most.

‘‘I look for­ward to com­ing to school ev­ery day, it’s a great place to work,’’ he said.

‘‘The ban­ter with the kids is re­ally en­joy­able. Hard to be­lieve but I look for­ward to yard duty. Of course you have to sort out a few dra­mas and say ‘pick up pa­pers’ now and again, but just the gen­eral ban­ter with the kids is a lot of fun.

‘‘The mem­o­ries with the staff and the ca­ma­raderie we all have is also some­thing that I’ll look back on fondly.

‘‘There’s an up­lifted feel­ing around the school, and it has a great com­mu­nity feel­ing about it. I’ll miss the place, that’s for sure.’’

But all good things must come to an end, and Mr O’Dwyer and his wife Cath, who also has re­tire­ment plans for the not­too-dis­tant fu­ture, plan to hit the road — and the skies — to tick off a few bucket list items.

Also on the hori­zon for Mr O’Dwyer is the chance to spend more time with his fam­ily and of course, there’s plenty of odd jobs around the house to keep him busy in to his re­tire­ment.

‘‘It’s a new phase for Cath and I, but we’re look­ing for­ward to what’s ahead of us,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re just go­ing to wan­der about and see the rest of Aus­tralia that we haven’t al­ready seen, and have a look at a few parts of the world that we’re in­ter­ested in look­ing at as well.

‘‘I’ve got plenty of projects at home that I’ve never got around to do­ing, and I’m in­volved in all sorts of com­mu­nity things as well, so peo­ple will still see me around.

‘‘I have four grand­kids now, so I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing some time with the kids and grand­kids and go­ing to their school things which I haven’t been able to do, so I’ll en­joy all of that.’’

Out­go­ing St Mary’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal Peter Kelly said Mr O’Dwyer’s ded­i­ca­tion and in­volve­ment in col­lege life over more than three decades has been sec­ond-to-none.

‘‘His self­less ded­i­ca­tion to the life of the col­lege, be it his in­volve­ment in the col­lege pro­duc­tions, art shows, car­ni­vals, the Par­ents and Friends As­so­ci­a­tion, or the col­lege board, has shown him to be a model of lead­er­ship within the school,’’ he said.

Mr O’Dwyer’s con­tri­bu­tion to St Mary’s will be cel­e­brated at to­mor­row’s joint cel­e­bra­tion with Mr Kelly.

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