SAYING GOODBYE: Scots PGC Teacher Geoff Richardson with students Pat Bourke, Lachlan Titus and Emily Bradfield.
SAYING GOODBYE: Scots PGC Teacher Geoff Richardson with students Pat Bourke, Lachlan Titus and Emily Bradfield. Michael Cormack

Scots teacher to retire after 46 years

SCOTS PGC teacher Geoff Richardson is preparing to say goodbye to the industry after 46 years.

Mr Richardson, who has taught at the school for four years, will retire at the end of the term.

Mr Richardson said he would miss working with his students.

"I think the thing I'll miss most is helping young people develop," Mr Richardson said.

"I like to see my students move forward and go on to help society.

"Scores and results are not my only marking guide.

"I want my kids to be good people too."

As well as a long teaching career, Mr Richardson also played international level rugby union and league for Australia, but said he rarely mentioned it in the classroom.

"The kids sometimes talk about it and ask me a few questions," he said.

"But I don't like to use it as motivation for my students.

"I try to improve them and help them achieve their goals but not using my career in football."

Mr Richardson said he looked back on his sporting career fondly.

"My career was good," Mr Richardson said.

"I made a lot of friends and it exposed me to the world, it taught me a lot of things."

However, Mr Richardson does see sport as a useful development tool.

"If students move forward as people and players, that's what we want," Mr Richardson said.

"I like seeing kids develop and grow up."

Mr Richardson said he could still remember his first day as a teacher.

"I remember walking in to teach my first class," he said.

"It was in 1968 in Crookwell, before I was even 19.

"Back then about 30 percent of people went into teaching after school.

"Teaching, nursing and policing were definitely the most popular professions to go into."

As for what Mr Richardson plans to do from now on?

"I'll be moving down to the Gold Coast," he said.

"I've had a house down there for 28 years.

"I've got old parents and young grandchildren so I'm in the middle and I'll be helping them out."

Having taught sport and coached sporting teams in Warwick, Mr Richardson said he planned to keep involved in sport.

"I'll definitely stay involved with sport," he said.

"I'll probably do some part-time coaching or something similar.

"I might even try to bring a sporting team or two to Warwick."

Mr Richardson said he would miss Warwick and would come back to visit in the future.



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