Ex-students back as teachers

Homecoming: A number of former Prairiewood High School students enjoyed their school life so much they chose to come back as teachers. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Homecoming: A number of former Prairiewood High School students enjoyed their school life so much they chose to come back as teachers. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

THIS year, Prairiewood High School celebrates its 30th anniversary, a milestone that has inspired many of its teachers to think about the days they wandered the halls as students of the facility.

As the school's last of the original teaching staff, Robert Benetel organised an anniversary dinner to be held next month.

"We are in a unique situation where we actually have so many kids that we have taught that have now come back as teachers," Mr Benetel said.

"It's like you send your kids away after you have raised them and then they come back to live with you.

"They obviously have gotten something from this school and they feel that it impacted on their life and they want to come back and do the same for the next generation."

Mr Benetel said that 10 former students now taught at the school.

"Even now I am teaching kids of the kids that I taught," he said.

"We are more than a school, we are a family.

Most recent "students back as teachers" Melissa Petrovska and Chinny Buraga agreed it was easy to transition from the role of the student to the teacher.

"It was a little surreal at first to work with my teachers," Miss Petrovska said. "But you get used to it. I live close by so that was one of the main reasons why I chose to come back."

Miss Buraga said she graduated in 2006 and had been working at the school for three years.

"It is pretty cool to work here," she said.

"It was very easy to come back because I already knew the back streets of how the school worked.

"One of my main goals when I started working here was to ensure I had a good rapport with the students. The student-teacher relationship was very important to me when I went to school."

Teacher of 27 years, Carol Bartle added that she found it very rewarding to work with former students.

"I have pretty much taught all of these people," Ms Bartle said.

Mr Benetel said he would like to encourage all former students living in the local community to come to the dinner.

The 30th anniversary dinner will be held at Club Marconi on Saturday August 16, at 6.30pm.

Details: Phone, 9725 5444 or visit, tinyurl.com/kfovgjl.

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