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RAMSEY Brothers and Trevor Thompson have
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GOING fishing ... teacher Dave Cmrlec gets the gar line sorted out. Now all he
needs is to find the fish. Tough job Dave, but someone has to do it!
Ramsey and Venus have
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Louise Michael reports:
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WE all know the saying “Old teachers don’t
retire, they just mark time.”
After 36 years as a teacher, Balaklava High
School’s Dave Cmrlec has called it quits.
Dave’s first teaching appointment was at
Mawson High School (now Brighton High
Junior School) in 1977, teaching Physical Edu-
He transferred to Balaklava in 1979 where he
has taught PE, and since the mid 1980s, Outdoor
Education, ever since.
Dave was also trained as a Maths teacher, but
said he was more than happy just to be involved
in outdoor and sporting subjects and activities.
One school sporting highlight was Dave’s
badminton matches against students.
“My record is still intact – I only lost two
sets to students, one to Andy Michael and the
other to Dallas Hill – but I was about 55 then!”
“I really enjoyed camps and excursions with
the students, and always managed to get the kids
home in one piece!” laughed Dave.
Dave has been involved in his local com-
munity since moving here, and has shown off
his sporting prowess in many different sports.
He played football and at one stage, held a
record for the shortest time played in a grand final
– two minutes after succumbing to a knee injury!
Dave also enjoyed helping out with junior
football when his son Jared was playing, and
took on the position of treasurer for the Balaklava
Football/Netball Club for three years.
Dave also played golf and was treasurer of
the social committee, and played, coached and
umpired basketball for Bulldogs.
Not only a talented hockey player in his
younger days, Dave was (still is actually) a
very good tennis player, despite some recent
injuries and “old age,” and also played bowls
and table tennis.
At a “mock” staff meeting at the end of Term
2, Dave was presented by a Timeline of his teach-
ing years, put together by fellow staff members
Karyn VonZieden and Sue Pratt.
Former staff members, including Barb Rye,
Lee Thompson, Colin Bown, Jehad Rasheed,
Craig Evans, Geoff Gardner, Tina Taylor and
Julie Corcoran, surprised
Dave by also turning up, and
later joined current staff for
a farewell dinner.
Dave has taught under
nine principals, eight depu-
ties, 18 other PE staff, and it
was calculated Dave would
have taught more than 3000
students in his 34 years!
“I got to meet different
people and new kids every
year. It was always a chang-
ing environment, which
“It’s nice to see kids develop and grow up,
then move on to bigger things,” he said.
And to his knowledge, Dave has not taught any
more than two generations of family members!
“I’ve taught students, and then their children
but not their grandchildren.”
Dave hasn’t given too much thought about his
retirement as yet, as he’s busy trying to ignore
the long list on the fridge of things to do, left
there by his wife, Cherie.
However, he will spend some time fishing,
gardening, bus driving, and maybe later on,
“I think I’ve driven every bus route in the
district at some stage. It was a good way to get
to know where the kids live and your way around
the district,” he said.
Dave, who is on leave until the end of the year,
was farewelled by students at a school assembly
at the end of last term, but will officially retire
in January 2014.
– DAVE CMRLEC
It’s nice to
see kids develop
and grow up,
then move on to
PICTURE: Lisa Redpath
Dave will retire to his
own ‘outdoor education’
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