Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Adored Ipswich Educator Retires from Teaching Post; New Stage for Alan Campbell

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Adored Ipswich Educator Retires from Teaching Post; New Stage for Alan Campbell

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Byline: Helen Spelitis helen.spelitis@qt.com.au

BELOVED Ipswich teacher Alan Campbell has decided to officially retire.

Since April 2015 the passionate mathematics teacher and sporting inspiration has been recovering from a serious injury after a stumble on

a set of stairs during

school holidays left him paralysed.

Ipswich Grammar School, where he taught for 15 years, had planned a formal farewell party for the man adored by all who sat in his classroom or heeded his advice on the playing fields.

But as the aftermath of ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie swept across south-east Queensland, there was no choice but to postpone the event.

Mr Campbell, 61, never expected his retirement to come this soon or under these circumstances.

During the Easter holidays two years ago, he had popped into school to catch up on some work when he fell and broke his neck.

It took more than an hour for someone to find him and Mr Campbell was immediately flown to hospital in Brisbane.

His recovery since has been encouraging and Mr Campbell has never stopped supporting the school he loved so dearly, attending sporting carnivals and cheering the teams he had once coached.

"I know a lot of kids at the school and I'm just interested in how well they are doing," he said.

"It's a good school and a good community to belong to."

It is clear Mr Campbell, who taught for 35 years mostly in South Africa, made an impression on the school community.

Since the freak accident he has received countless messages of support and many past students have taken to a dedicated Facebook support page to share their memories of a man who was the definition of the ideal teacher.

Mr Campbell can't recall what made him decide to become a teacher but he regrets not being able to continue for another 10 years.

"People say, if you can't do anything else then become a teacher," Mr Campbell said. …

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