Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Farewell to 50 Years of Inspiring Young Minds

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Farewell to 50 Years of Inspiring Young Minds

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Byline: Luke Simmonds

HALF a century of teaching experience parted ways with Sunshine Coast Grammar School yesterday.

To thunderous applause, Year 5 teacher Roger Smith left behind a legacy of eccentricity.

He had taught in Queensland for 50 years, with the past 16 at Grammar, and was known for his ability to enthuse even the most stubborn child with the gift of literacy.

But the way he did it was always the most interesting.

Roger had a tendency to dress up as female characters during book week or any such opportunity he got.

This year marked one of his finest efforts, as Roger donned a Cruella de Vil costume, lipstick and all.

To which, close friend and colleague Chris Smith organised 30 staff members to dress up as dalmatians and surprise Roger during assembly. Chris wrote a tribute song on his last day and said Roger was one of the finest teachers he'd ever seen.

"I said to him 'you might be leaving Grammar, but Grammar will never leave you', he's left a legacy," Chris said. …

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