For the Love of Teaching.
Regents Park Christian School has a proud history of teaching excellence. We celebrate and give thanks for each and every one of our exceptional teachers who are committed and dedicated to serving our community. Today, we hope that you’ll read on and join us in celebrating a special achievement of our English and Languages Co-ordinator, Richard Warren.
In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Richard has achieved much. From his beginnings as a Primary School Teacher, right through to becoming a Deputy Principal overseeing the secondary department at a Sydney Christian College, Richard’s career is a testament to his love of teaching and his passion for helping his students.
It’s no surprise then that Richard has recently been awarded The Teacher’s Guild of New South Wales, World Teachers’ Recognition Award. Awarded to Teachers at varying stages of their professional lives, these awards are a benchmark of teaching excellence in New South Wales.
A TRAJECTORY OF HIS OWN
In the teaching profession, there is often an expectation that your career follows a certain path, and that path leads into leadership and management roles outside of the classroom. However, Richard knew that his own journey was going to look different.
Richard realised that he wanted to eventually conclude his career where it began – in the classroom. He explains, “The usual trajectory for a teacher is up and out of the classroom. But I realised that I’d had enough of the administration – I was ready for other people to do the paperwork. I really wanted to go back to teaching”, he adds, “I’d been told by people over the years that it was a shame that I was out of the classroom, so it felt right to comeback.”
AN ASSET TO OUR SCHOOL
Having a teacher of Richard’s calibre at Regents Park Christian School is of great benefit to students and staff alike. In the classroom, Richard’s skills are clear. He’s passionate about helping students, particularly in literacy. He understands that today children don’t always like to read, they like to watch. So, he aims to inspire them; making lessons as enjoyable as possible so they want to pick up that book.
Richard is also passionate about helping our teachers, using his vast experience and knowledge of teaching to mentor, support and develop our young staff. Regents Park Christian School has an unwavering commitment to our teachers’ professional development, Richard comments, “I’ve never been in a school that has such a proactive approach to the professional development of its teachers, from Kindergarten, right through to Year 12.”
THE FUTURE OF LEARNING
Richard is excited about what tomorrow’s classrooms will look like. “Technology means that there are so many more engaging activities now”, Richard says. And it’s not just how we’re learning that’s changing, according to Richard, what we’re learning will also evolve.
There’s a move to approach learning with more of a 21st Century perspective; learning content off by heart is not the way of the future, Richard comments, “We need to prepare our students for the future by teaching them interpersonal skills, research skills, networking skills and collaboration skills.”
NURTURING AND GROWING THE WHOLE STUDENT
At Regents Park Christian School, we believe in nurturing and growing the whole student; recognising and supporting different gifts, learning styles and abilities in a multi-denominational, multi-cultural and socio-economically diverse community. It’s a philosophy that sets our school apart and forms the basis for strong teaching, and learning.
Richard says, “You’ll find some schools focus on academics to the detriment of wellbeing. When I came to Regents Park Christian School, I saw the language of wellbeing being used by all of the teachers here,” he concludes, “it’s one of the most welcoming schools I’ve ever been to, you feel a part of the family very quickly here.”