Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Teaching Love Affair Continues

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Teaching Love Affair Continues

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IT was as a school boy that Banora Point Public School's new Principal Dean Files first fell in love with teaching.

One of four siblings, the graziers' son lived in a remote part of Australia miles away from neighbours and schools.

"I grew up on a 50,000 sheep station in far west of New South Wales near Menindee," Mr Files said.

"There were no houses within 50km of our house."

His education took place in a "little one-teacher-school" in a gypsum mining town called Manara.

"The school had 12 or 15 kids and it was 30 miles from our house," he said.

The school was manned by new University graduates in the first year of their career.

"We used to always get first-year-out-of-the-university teachers, they were always male and they always stayed one year," he said. "The temperature was 50 degrees Celsius; there was no air conditioning and no fans.

"The conditions that these young teachers had to endure were unbelievable. …

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