A seed planted at Moree Secondary College grew to become James Darlington’s UK teaching career
JAMES Darlington is proud to acknowledge that his incredible experience as a student at Moree Secondary College helped inspire his teaching career.
But it is only now, as a professional, that he is starting to fully appreciate the unique opportunities smaller, local schools provide.
James is currently living and working in the UK. He has experienced diverse classrooms, and personally attests that “smaller is better”.
“I always enjoyed being part of a small school and student body. I didn’t realise it at the time but smaller class sizes and year groups allows for more productive teaching and learning, and lead to a stronger, close-knit school community,” James said.
“This has definitely been put into perspective through my involvement in many larger, metropolitan schools since becoming a teacher.”
After finishing school in 2010 James completed a Bachelor of Digital Media, majoring in Photojournalism, through Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
Following this, he studied a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) externally through Southern Cross University from the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.
James is now a qualified English and Media Studies teacher, referring often to his favourite Moree Secondary College teachers for inspiration.
“Miss Maybury was one of many stand-outs. She created a fantastic learning environment and treated her students as budding young adults,” James said.
“Miss Maybury also encouraged me to get involved with student leadership, which led to many character-building opportunities, including State conferences.”
And he laughs that Mrs Tickle could be relied upon to “tell you how it is” or reward you for your competencies – or lack thereof in some cases.
With weekdays spent teaching, and weekends and holidays enjoyed travelling the UK and Europe in his 1981 Volkswagen campervan, James is full of youth and adventure.
It’s a highly coveted lifestyle, and James says it is all thanks to his years at Moree Secondary College.
“My experience at the school was so positive, and certainly played a role in shaping my attitude, aspirations and achievements so far,” he said.
Words: Georgina Poole