Pamela Dixon steps down
After teaching for nine years in England and 35 years in the Territory, Pamela Dixon has closed the door on a 44-year career.
The Casuarina Street Primary School assistant principal received a certificate honouring her years of service, and as a bricks and mortar tribute the library at the Katherine school has been rebadged the Pamela Dixon Centre For Learning.
Beginning at Numbulwar School in 1984, she became a preschool teacher, a post-primary girl’s teacher, outstation teacher, senior teacher and principal.
After moving to Katherine in 1990 she was appointed assistant principal at Clyde Fenton Primary School, a role she recognised as her “real vocation”.
“Because I had close contact with students, staff and parents, being the assistant principal was a fantastic place to be,” she said. “I came to Casuarina Street Primary School as assistant principal in 1999, and I have worked with so many talented teachers, skilled school mentors and efficient office staff.
“I have treasured working with dedicated staff members who have so much to offer, and I have learned so much from them. I have worked with inspirational principals who have guided their staff and mentored me.”
Pamela Dixon said her enjoyment has been in observing the “small and big” moments in children’s lives.
“I have loved the small things, such as celebrating a Transition student learning to tie laces, and the big things, such as congratulating a Year 6 student for winning the NT Board of Studies Administrator’s Medal,” she said.
“I have looked forward to each school day, knowing there were goals to be achieved, challenges to be met and problems to be solved.
“Many children have asked me lately why I am leaving and I haven’t really been able to give them a clear answer. I think I was born a teacher, and I have been trying to help others understand the world around them since I played at being a teacher as a four-year-old in my garden shed.
“Without the time restraints of lesson preparation, marking, moderating, report writing, meetings, yard duties and organising relief staff for absences, I look forward to visiting my hairdresser during the day, making it to the bank and post office before they close, visiting family and friends in Australia and overseas at times other than the school holidays, and going out to lunch.”