Long-time teachers say their farewell to Trinity Catholic College

Trinity Catholic College teachers Tony Cockburn and Lorraine Greig made their final farewells last week.

The two combined have chalked up 70 years of teaching in the district.

It was Mr Cockburn who started first in 1971. Graduating as a student from St Patrick's College, he was asked by the faculty to take up a teaching position. 

He told The Post teaching was something he had always wanted to do.

Over the years the mathematics teacher became a year coordinator, house master, commanding officer for the cadet unit and conducted school choirs.

On Friday afternoon, minutes before the school bell signalled the start of summer holidays, a chorus of cheers followed he and his wife Robyn, hand in hand, as they walked out of the school.

Inundated with hugs and photos, students were quick to organised plans with the retired teacher who promised many to visit them at their place of work or sporting event. 

“It is about the students, getting the information across to them and the rapport I have,” he said. “As a teacher, you have to be punctual, prepared, get on with the job and look after the kids.” 

Mr Cockburn said it was sad to go but admitted he was ready to go.

As a teacher, you have to be punctual, prepared, get on with the job and look after the kids.

Former Trinity Catholic College teacher Tony Cockburn

When asked what he would do when retired, he said he would rest and wind down for the first few weeks.

“I’ll see what happens after that,” he joked. 

Born in Wollongong, Mrs Greig begun her teaching career at Goulburn High School in 1973. 

She was awarded a teaching scholarship from Sydney University and was to teach at Goulburn School of Music, the TAFE and the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium. 

“I have always had a love for learning and always enjoyed my classes,” she said, citing great teachers as an inspiration to her dedication. 

In 1993, she moved to St Pat’s, and taught French, German, Music, English and Religious Studies.

She described herself as a lifelong learner and looks forward to devoting time to her family, music, gardening and travel. 

“Teaching is one of those careers where people underestimate what we do, but it is very satisfying,” she said. 

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