Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

League Champion Provides Inspiration to Walloon Kids; Teacher Uses Cameron Smith as His School's Role Model

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

League Champion Provides Inspiration to Walloon Kids; Teacher Uses Cameron Smith as His School's Role Model

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE visit of Queensland legend Cameron Smith to Walloon State School on Monday looks set to be a life changing experience for 26 outstanding young students.

The Australian captain made a visit to the school after the Year 2/3 class taught by Michael Nunn had made a commitment to 'be like Cameron Smith' after some behavioural issues started to surface at lunch time.

The commitment saw a remarkable turnaround and 30 days of perfect conduct by the class.

Nunn sent an email to the Melbourne Storm hoping he might get a letter of commendation from Smith for his students' turnaround, as a reward.

Smith, taking time out from his family holiday, knew of the e-mail and planned his own surprise visit.

"Cameron told my principal that he wanted to come to the school but not to tell anyone," Nunn said.

"My principal then said on the Friday that he wanted to teach my class on Monday and I thought I must have been doing something a bit average.

"Then he turned up at 12 o'clock with Cameron, his wife and three kids."

The Storm captain spoke to the students for 30 minutes, answered all their questions, interacted one-one-one with them and left them even more determined to 'be like Cameron Smith'.

"They all agreed they don't want to be known for wasting Cam Smith's time," Nunn said.

"They all feel a responsibility not to let Cam down and that he is now a part of our class."

Nunn had previously noted some behavioural issues with some of his students that needed addressing, mainly with the boys at lunchtime.

"I am not talking knives or Shawshank Redemption type stuff," Nunn said.

"They were just overly aggressive at lunch time and I'd then have to spend 10 minutes sorting out the 'he said, she said', 'he pushed me', 'he said my shoes suck' sort of stuff.

"It was just a hassle.

"I spoke to the guidance officer and he suggested I get a role model for the boys.

"I came up with Cameron Smith and found some footage of him playing in his calm, methodical way.

"I asked the class, 'What do you notice about him?'

"They all said he was calm and just going about his business. …

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