It was with heavy hearts and incredible sadness that we said goodbye to our favourite Gawura teacher, carer, Head of Gawura, friend, Mr North. Mr North left Gawura in Term 2, after a magnificent 22 years teaching across SACS and Gawura to become Principal at Chifley Public School, Matraville. Mr North took over the reins of Gawura in 2008 where he has been instrumental in growing Gawura to where it is today through sheer hard work and incredible commitment to the families and students. Mr North was always available to take calls, no matter what time of day or night. His focus was on excellent education and building community relationships which he did with flying colours – he didn’t waiver from that focus the whole time he was steering the Gawura ship. He is going to be sorely missed and we wish him the very best of success in his new role.
David has not moved too far and we know he can’t really escape us! The secondary Gawura students have already caught up with him at the Stolen Generations Memorial Launch in Matraville recently!
- Please come and visit regularly
- Please keep your phone on so we can still call you, even if just to say ‘how are you going mate, we miss you!
- Please send us photos of your new school
- Please send us updates on Sniffs and Chester (David’s dogs!)
- Please send us any cool ideas that you pick up in your new school – particularly if it is something like selling more lollies in the canteen!
Before he left we held a few farewell celebrations for him. One of the celebrations was a surprise from all the students and another celebration had a surprise guest Skype in all the way from Canada! None other than our Mrs Crealy! It was 3am in the morning her time so we were very grateful that she joined our celebrations, even if she was still in her PJ’s! If you missed the photos of David’s farewells, you can view them all here
We wrote a poem about Mr North:
His values and his focus are solid to the core
He is like no other we’ve ever met before
His passion is contagious and a lesson for us all
In the mornings it is David’s heart that first walks through the door
‘Education is not rocket science’ says David with a grin
Get the kids to school set standards high and support them where we can
Strong literacy support up front you see will set kids up for life
They’ll have opportunities like you and me and choices in their life
What’s your favourite word of the week, said David with a smile
Why ‘Cantankerous’ Sir, Tyreek called out, with confidence and style.
Put it in a sentence please he politely asked knowing full well what was about to come
Mr North can be a bit cantankerous, explained Tyreek – a little bit like my mum
Our families are our beacons, says David, that guide us through the night
And help us help their children with all our will and might
And help he does our Mr North, the pommy from the beach
From sun up till sun down, he’s always within phones reach.
The kids all know that Mr North will always have their back
He is their rock and stalwart help there is no doubting that
He is also their safety bar when trouble brews within
His compassion and his understanding is what always brings them in.
Mr North is one of a kind who is really second to none.
Don’t get us wrong on certain days he’s a massive pain in the bum.
But he never waivers from his goal like rider and their horse
The goal is educating our Gawura kids and providing life skills of course.
David, we wish you all the very best, at Chifley where next you start
You are a leader, an educator, a mentor, a friend and a man with a very big heart
A quick word of warning though from students and staff, that includes all of us
If you don’t come back and visit us soon we’ll come visit you in the Gawura bus.