Veteran chalkie recognised
After 30 years of dedicated service, St John’s School has become a second home for teacher Tony Scally. He taught all four of his children at the primary school, two of whom grew up to be teachers.
Mr Scally was recently celebrated as the second-longest serving teacher at St John’s School.
He made a permanent move to Geraldton in 1988 after a brief stint at the school six years earlier.
The long-serving teacher said he had held just about every position during his tenure, including 19 years as assistant principal, but his favourite position has been teaching sports.
“I’ve had just about every position but in the end I decided I was happy to go back to the classroom and work with the students,” he said.
“I’ve always enjoyed teaching sports, all kinds of sports, that’s definitely been my favourite subject.”
Originally from Victoria, Mr Scally has become a staple within the community, taking up several local roles including president of Geraldton Turf Club, president of Walkaway Pony Club and involvement with St Pat’s Football Club.
He noted one of the most interesting aspects of long-term teaching at St John’s had been witnessing the technological shift at the school.
“When I started, I think we only had one TV in the whole school,” he said.
“And now look at it.
“Of course the kids are far more tech savvy than I am but you adapt and go with the change.”
After 30 years at St John’s School and nearly 40 years working in education, Mr Scally said retirement wasn’t too far away.
The primary school teacher, who recently wrapped up his long service leave in Europe, said the most rewarding aspect of his profession has been watching his students grow.
“It’s been great seeing the kids make progress, enjoy their days, and come in during the morning all happy and smiling.”
Mr Scally’s stint at St John’s School has only been bettered by Year 4 teacher Patrick Matthews, who has been teaching at St John’s for 33 years.
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