Indonesian teacher Anne Bourke was given a fitting tribute by her colleagues today, running through streamers on the way to teaching her last ever class. Anne is retiring after 28 years of secondary teaching, including eight years of outstanding service to BSSC.

Throughout her career, Indonesian has been Anne’s great passion. Working with so many interesting students has been a highlight; always with the strong belief that the most important learning isn’t always curriculum-based.

Anne’s parting advice to her colleagues is to look at successes—their own and their students’—rather than focussing on failures and “really value the positives, knowing you are making a difference.”

Anne says she will miss having a connection to youth culture and working with BSSC staff. She has also valued being encouraged to keep learning while at BSSC saying “teaching is one of a few jobs that do that intrinsic learning so well.”