Inside the Teacher’s Classroom, episode 2

“One of the beliefs I always had was that you influence everyone you meet…so I was always wanting my influence to be a positive one.”

Trevor Weal taught commerce at Westlake Boys’ High School for 35 years before retiring at the end of 2018. His influence on many generations of students was positive and profound. Trevor’s words in this interview, recorded during his final week at Westlake, resound like those of a master craftsman, humbly offering some final notes of wisdom. Trevor’s traditional values and high expectations ring through clearly, as do his wry sense of humour and considered thoughtfulness.

Trevor describes teaching at one point as being like a combination of two of his favourite things; playing chess and acting. One of my favourite moments is when Trevor, making a salient point about the importance of establishing high standards, mentions the Australian cricket team, which for many years deemed New Zealand worthy of playing only their second XI. Unashamedly, we both jump at the chance to indulge briefly in some cricket chat. Trevor signs off in typical style by alluding to a secret talent and one of his favourite numbers:

“I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden”.

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Trevor with one of his many tennis teams

Links to topics discussed in this episode:

What makes a good teacher great? – Ted Talk

NZ beat Australia for the first time in a test match, Christchurch, 1974

Punk era London

I beg your pardon…

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