THE first smile seen, the moment a student grasped a concept, unexpected reunions with past pupils — these were the moments Rosie Noble, a soon-to-be retired teacher, described as “simply wonderful.”
Rosie’s journey in education began with writing on a slate with a lead pencil. However, this year, she marks her retirement, equipped with a practical understanding of how computers can contribute to a wide and deep learning experience.
Reflecting on her educational roots, Rosie said she completed Year 12 at St Mary’s College, Ipswich in 1974. Even then, she had an unwavering certainty about her future career — teaching. Following her dreams, she obtained her teaching qualifications through the Catholic Education system in 1978.
Perhaps following in the footsteps of her mother, who had been employed as a governess, Rosie’s vocational path was clear from early childhood.
“I used to line up my teddy bears, the dolls, and yes, even the cats to teach,” she reminisced.
In 1980, Rosie married at St Mary’s Church, Ipswich, and one of the wedding highlights was the appearance of her young students lined up at the ceremony.
Embracing opportunities, the young teacher travelled with her husband, who was in the RAAF. She also took on the challenge of learning new skills, particularly finding a natural niche in special education. “I learned Auslan,” she said, “and have taught students with physical disabilities, including the visually impaired and those who have experienced trauma.” Rosie also found joy in forming and teaching choirs, along with organising musical events.
Grinning, Rosie recalled an amusing incident after a musical event when she agreed to take a big bass drum home at the principal’s request. She dressed it up with a hat and scarf, placing it on the passenger seat. “However, the police pulled me up because the passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt,” she laughed.
Spending about 12 years at Churchill State School, Rosie firmly believes it is the best school in the world.
“The way the children ask if they can help you, how the parents relate, and how the teachers care — I’ve enjoyed every minute.”
Reflecting on her career, she said she always told her students: “Education gives you a life of choice, not chance.”
Now retired, Rosie looks forward to a ‘gentle retirement,’ spending time with her eight grandchildren, camping with her husband and enjoying activities such as quilting.