In 1960, newly minted school teacher, Peter O'Brien began work at the one-teacher Weabonga school, in the State's New England region, not far from Walcha.
Peter was only 20 years old and had never lived away from the security of his Sydney home
While Peter did have some teaching experience, nothing prepared him for the monumental challenge of being responsible for the education of 18 students, ranging in age from five to 15 years old.
A former teacher and academic who co-founded Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), and now author, Peter has drawn on his experiences as a green, young teacher to write his latest book, Bush School.
Next week, this inspirational indigenous advocate will talk about the book, a charming, funny and moving story of a new teacher on his first assignment in remote Australia in a one-teacher bush school.
Everyone is invited to join Peter O'Brien OAM via Zoom next Thursday, August 13 from 6-7pm as he shares insights and experiences of his teaching career.
After reading this book you will have become one of Peter's students; learning from him the transformative power of a good teacher, the importance of education (particularly in regional areas of Australia), how to overcome challenges and fears (including snakes and unimaginable living conditions), and the resilience and spirit of children when they are believed in, nurtured and provided with responsibilities, MidCoast Council Libraries manager, Chris Jones said.
"We're delighted to have Peter joining us for this very special, very timely online author talk," he said.
"Peter's insight and experiences working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people means he has so much to offer in the current climate and everyone can learn a lot from him."
Bookings are essential for this event, and participants will need a Zoom account to join.
To secure a ticket and to find out more visit the MidCoast Council Libraries events page HERE.
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