John Hooper enjoying time teaching education and lifelong skills to pupils.John Hooper has been teaching for 40 years but next week steps back from full-time work to allow a younger generation of teachers to shine.
He is not planning a clean break from teaching, but will look for relieving work, ideally release work for a beginning teacher.
But with his 65th birthday looming on December 24, he thinks it’s time to make way for younger teachers.
“I sense it’s time to move on. It’s been an amazing job, it’s been incredible.
He and wife, Karen, who teaches part-time, will get to spend more time together but John is planning on doing more fishing and hunting.
They have a bach on the north side of the Rangitata River.
He has spent his time teaching education and lifelong skills, including passing on environmental and gardening passions to pupils around the district and beyond. He has been 19 years at Ashburton Borough School, where he will end his tenure at the end of the term.
He helped to instigate the Borough Greenies at the school, which won Green Gold Environschool awards in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2019.
As a school they recycle and reuse, grow fruit and vegetables and kept chickens to feed on food scraps.
It had been great to pass environmental and gardening knowledge on to the pupils, he said.
And in his time he has seen some changes but the basics were still important.
important than it used to be, but math, reading and writing are just as important now.
Educators were also teaching more social, and self-management skills than in the past, he said.
He considered himself a structured teacher who liked to teach routine to the children so they knew what was planned.
As well as teaching, John has also been principal, deputy principal and an international teacher.
He started his career at Allenton School when he was an fitmanaging students.
It got a lot easier, he’s learned a lot over the years, he said.
In Mid Canterbury he has also worked at Netherby School where he was deputy principal from 1987 to 1993 and then took over as principal of Rakaia School in 1993.
He has also worked at the now closed Lowcliffe School.
He went offshore to Korobosea International School in Papua New Guinea for five years where he was a syndicate leader.
He has also worked at Woolston (Christchurch), Wilden (West Otago), Cromwell, Oturehua (Central Otago), Netherby and spent two years in Britain on an OE.