Beloved Camden Public School teacher ready to retire

Ready for retirment: Camden Public School's Graeme Phillips with his former students Lauren Wright and Joshua Held. Picture: Chris Lane
Ready for retirment: Camden Public School's Graeme Phillips with his former students Lauren Wright and Joshua Held. Picture: Chris Lane

After almost 40 years moulding young minds, Graeme Phillips is ready to say good bye to his teaching career.

The Camden Public School teacher has taught at schools across western Sydney but he said Camden would always hold a special place in his heart.

"This has been such a wonderful school to work at," Mr Phillips said.

"The parents have been so supportive and helpful.

"When we organise sporting carnivals or year 6 farewells or any event the parents are there working beside you.

"The teachers at Camden are an enthusiastic group who always want the best for our students - and our principal is a positive leader who supports all staff, parents and children.

"The children are amazing. Every aspect of the school is fantastic."

Mr Phillips, 59, has taught at the local primary school for the past 10 years.

His last day will be Friday, July 5.

The Oaks resident said he was both sad and happy to be leaving the teaching profession.

"I'm in two minds about retirement," he said.

"I look forward to having more freedom and being in less of a routine.

"However, I know I will also miss the routine of always having to be somewhere and being prepared for the day ahead."

Mr Phillips said the best part of teaching was working with the children.

"It's fantastic to see children develop their skills and become more successful," he said.

"When you see their delight at their own improvements it gives you a great feeling.

"Coaching sports teams and organising events that children enjoy has also brought a lot of happiness to me."

The passionate educator said he was inspired to become a teacher when he was just 11 years old.

"I was inspired to teach by my teacher, Frank Stephens," he said.

"When I saw him coaching our sporting teams and teaching gymnastics and other great activities to my friends and me I thought, 'that is a great job'.

"I was correct - it's been a special and satisfying career."

Mr Phillips also had some advice for budding teachers.

"Be prepared for a lot of hours and a lot of work," he said.

"No matter what jobs you have to do and no matter what timeline you are working to - you will get it done - so don't stress.

"Also, always enjoy the children in front of you as they are what will bring you the most happiness and help you appreciate each day."