Students farewell stand-in mother

8 Sep
Tuessday, September 8 2009
By Kyle Wadsworth | Taranaki Daily News
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Retiring dean of international students and ESOL teacher Val Moore surrounded by her New Plymouth Boys High School students.

Retiring dean of international students and ESOL teacher Val Moore surrounded by her New Plymouth Boys' High School students.

Retiring teacher Val Moore will always be known as “mum” to hundreds of New Plymouth Boys’ High School students.

The popular ESOL teacher is retiring this month after a 30-year association with the school.

Headmaster Michael McMenamin says Mrs Moore has given a great amount to the boys and the school.

“I will always remember Val as playing a `mother role’ with the boys who are often separated a long distance from their families,” he says.

Mrs Moore has held her current position teaching English to international students for the past 12 years.

“Students come in without knowing a single word of English and you have to teach them from scratch,” she says.

“Some of the kids who come in from overseas are brilliant. It’s not unusual for them to be able to speak up to six languages.”

Over the 30 years, Mrs Moore’s roles at Boys’ High have covered everything from teaching English to economics, as well as a three-year stint as assistant-matron. As for the future, Mrs Moore is swapping it all for a career in the rag trade.

“I’ve bought a pre-loved clothing shop in Fitzroy.

“I’ve never done retail before and I’m looking forward to the new challenge I can please myself and be the boss for once. No more 6am starts,” she says.

“Pre-loved is the new black!”

Despite the change, she says she “will miss the international boys and their intellect”.

* KYLE WADSWORTH is a WITT Journalism student.

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One Response to “Students farewell stand-in mother”

  1. Kyle 8 September, 2009 at 9:03 AM #

    Not bad for my first story =]

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