History in the making

A MOSS Vale High School teacher has been nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award recognises inspirational teachers and in this case the nomination came from the school community.

James McGill has been teaching for more than 30 years, 23 of them have been at Moss Vale High School, so it’s not surprising he’s taught more than one generation.

“I’ve taught children of children, but no grandchildren yet,” Mr McGill said.

Mr McGill said the nomination was quite unexpected.

“When I was told the school community had nominated me for the award it was a real honour, it’s lovely to know school community appreciates you,” he said.

Seeing the students achieve and progress from Year 7 through to Year 12 and when they return to say hello as grown ups was the best thanks of all.

“I get a lot of internal satisfaction in seeing the students progress,” he said.

The history teacher said many former students had approached him after they had been travelling and this always made him smile.

“They visit the places they learnt about in history, such as Pompeii or Rome, and they come back with photos and say they remember learning about it in class,” Mr McGill said.

While the National Excellence in Teaching Award nomination is an individual award, Mr McGill said it all came down to teamwork.

“Team work is most important, we’re all a part of a great educational team and the staff are wonderful.”

Growing up, Mr McGill went to a country school in Grafton, and he draws positive comparisons between his high school and Moss Vale High School.

“It was a typical comprehensive country high school and Moss Vale High reminds me of my student experience? it gives me the feeling I am in the right place.”

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