Former student returns as teacher at Cobram school

By Kieren Tilly

Many of us can relate to starting our first job after finishing university, some can even relate to starting a first job as a high school teacher.

You might expect some first-day butterflies, having to get used to the layout of the school, staff room, library, even your own home room.

But for Cobram Secondary College’s new health and physical education teacher Kane Goldsworthy, 23, he already has a pretty good idea of the layout of the school.

Mr Goldsworthy has already walked the halls of the college; back in 2013 he was a student, completing his high school career.

Teaching was not at the top of the list as a job option, but with a love for health and fitness he started to think about a career which included fitness.

He had something of an epiphany in the final months of high school.

‘‘I did not really know what I wanted to do after high school but with the help of my careers adviser I could see my passion for learning and fitness combining into a career as a health and PE teacher,’’ Mr Goldsworthy said.

‘‘I have always had a desire to learn. I did at times struggle with my own learning, however I now feel that in pushing myself to learn more I gave myself the opportunity to help others with their studies.

‘‘My family was very proud that I obtained the marks to go to university, I did my studies for four years at Bendigo university and did all of my work placements bar one in that area,’’ he said.

Mr Goldsworthy worked at Cobram IGA for a gap year to help in the cost of his studies.

‘‘I was working there when I was 15 for three years as a junior stock boy, when I went back I became a duty manager.’’

Asked what he’d learnt at the supermarket in terms of life skills that could help him as a teacher, he said it was to take responsibility, to take ownership and to be a mentor when required.

Mr Goldsworthy believes being a mentor, like it or not, is a major part of being a teacher.

‘‘Being a teacher is a great career, it is a great privilege to be able to watch kids enjoy their learning,’’ he said.

And his advice to young men considering a career as a teacher, is to go for it.

‘‘Not every student has access to a male role model, it’s hard to explain but I get a great deal out of teaching,’’ he said.

And when the day comes for Mr Goldsworthy to move on to another school, he would like to be remembered by his fellow staff and his students at Cobram Secondary College as ‘‘a fun teacher who was good at building relationships with both staff and students alike’’.