Farewell: Teacher Toni Fatherley is retiring. With excitement in her eyes she said she will focus on “Reading! Reading without feeling guilty!”.TONI Fatherley sits in her classroom in theA Block of Taree High School.
The walls are dotted with memoriesfrom decades of teaching –quotes and students’ names remain as a lasting impression of the jokes and struggles shared with theirteacher.After 42 years of teaching and countless hours in this room,Toni will retire this week.
From teaching English, directing and producing drama productions, editing the school’s magazine The Torch, to steering the school’s Student Representative Council (SRC) –Toni has influenced thelives of many.
To honourtheir favourite teacher former students sent video messagesto past vice-captain Amani Jensen-Bentley, who created a video that was shown at Toni’sfarewell.The video featuredtears, poems and updates from students now living and suceeding across the world.
Past student Tim Young said, “the way that you teach and the motivation you provide to all of your students genuinely makes the world a better place”.
Born in Taree, Toni first taughtat Warner’s Bay High School after completing studies in Newcastle.Duringher career she receivedan Excellence in Teaching Award whichshe considers “very special” as she was nominated by Taree High’s P&C (Parents and Citizens). She transferred to Taree High from Warners Bay in 1985.
At Warners Bay Toni taughtAllison Alliston– now Taree High’sprincipal.Toni taught English, history, drama andlater focused on senior English.
In recent years Toni mentored staff who tookover her roles with the SRC and directing student musicals. Thelargest musicalshe directed wasRag Time to Rap in 1991 which was written by students and performed on stage at the Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree.
Toni said what she loved most about teaching “was guiding student’s potential in whatever area they choose”.
“It’ not just about exams or reports,” she said. In the last video to Toni, Amani said, “Taree High is going to miss you but you’ll never really be gone because you are such a massive part of this school and thewhole community”.
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