Maryborough teacher Peter Frawley is ready to retire after 46 years in the classroom.
Maryborough teacher Peter Frawley is ready to retire after 46 years in the classroom.

Mr Frawley still kicking goals

PETER Frawley's choice of career all came down to a football game.

The teacher of 46 years is about to retire and he clearly remembers the reason he entered the profession.

As a 16-year-old student at Warwick High School, Peter was offered a choice of four jobs: in the police service, the tax department, main roads department or teaching.

The catch with the teaching path was a government scholarship in which he would have to finish Year 12 at Warwick before training at the Kedron teachers college.

Peter was a keen football player and Warwick had never beaten Scots College.

He was determined to beat Scots before leaving town so he decided to stay at school – and take up the scholarship on offer.

He enjoyed teaching so much he stuck with it.

“I enjoy seeing kids achieve, particularly those who haven't achieved much before,” Peter said this week.

After short stints at primary schools at Killarney and Thallon, Peter quit the state education system and applied for several jobs at private schools.

“I got a telegram from Brother Connors at the college telling me I had a job,” he said.

“Initially I came to Maryborough for two years but my wife and I decided to stay and here we still are.”

He spent 10 years at St Mary's College before responding to an SOS from St Mary's Primary School's principal, who was desperate for more male teachers after the school became co-educational.

After 32 years at St Mary's Primary School it's time to retire, and past and current staff and students are giving him a farewell to remember at the Brolga Theatre on November 26.

Peter says he will miss the daily interaction with students and colleagues but he has plenty of plans to fill in his retirement, with family, travel and sport at the top of the list.

Football was the sport that led him to teaching and the extra two years of high school was definitely worth it.

“We did beat them – in my senior year,” he said.

Anyone wanting to attend Peter's farewell dinner can telephone 4121 5705.



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