Graeme Harris

Making maths an adventure in learning

Monday, September 11, 2017
Teacher cited for his support of students

For the record, Graeme Harris is a mathematics teacher, “but I don’t want to be remembered as just a mathematics teacher. I want to be remembered as someone who loves mathematics, who has a sense of humour and who’s willing to help students see challenging concepts as understandable and relevant.” He says being approachable and willing to help are the keys to helping students grow.

The relationships Graeme builds with his students—particularly on camps and on trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the outback, the snow and France (four times now)—breaks down fears of falling behind. “I don’t like defining people by a grade but by their behaviour. How you treat people is important to me.”

Adventure travel, with or without students, is more than a hobby for Graeme. His next challenge: trekking to Mount Everest base camp and arriving on Christmas Day this year. The jungle then calls.

Graeme’s call to Avondale came in Year 12. A teacher from Albury, New South Wales, took the Murray High School student and a friend to the college during the holidays. “From my first prac teaching experience, I knew I was doing what I loved.”

Graeme began his teaching career at Adelaide Adventist High School. After five years, he moved across the border to Lilydale Adventist Academy in Victoria. Seven years at Central Coast Adventist School in New South Wales and six at Northpine Christian College in Queensland followed. Graeme returned to Central Coast, where he continues to teach, in 2009.

The Class of 1987 honours Graeme Harris for serving as a supportive role model for his students.

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Brenton Stacey

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Brenton is Avondale College of Higher Education’s Public Relations Officer. He brings to the role a decade’s experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities. He is also co-convenor of Manifest, an Avondale-led movement exploring, encouraging and celebrating faithful creativity.