One of our College heroes, John Miles, held in the highest regard and warmest affection by past students and colleagues alike revisited the school recently.
Mr Miles, or “Tex” as he was known for his choice of hat worn, returned to the place where he spent close to 30 years in classrooms and on playground duties – 22 years with St Joseph’s Christian Brothers College and 7 at The Cathedral College, retiring in 1997.
Many past students and colleagues, some who are now on staff or parents of our current students would remember his fair but firm approach.
“You’ve got to love kids, be prepared before you enter the classroom and enjoy your subjects,” Mr Miles reminisced on a career that spanned close to half a century.
The John Miles (JM) wing on the William Street side, opened in 1998, was named in his honour for his immense contribution to the education of young men and women, particularly in English and History.
Mr Miles was most impressed with the expansion of the College, the addition of Boys’ Boarding on the College site, and the great sense of welcome from the whole school he received when touring the grounds with Year 12 students Olivia Busby and Hayden Thomasson.
“You get a feeling immediately when you walk into a school, and this one has it. The happy faces of kids enjoying themselves says so much,” he said.
College Media Officer Mrs Pauline Crow had the pleasure of speaking with both Mr John Miles and his son, Mr John Miles (Junior) when they returned to TCC. Mr Miles’ love of life is contagious in “A Conversation with Mr Miles” and is easily seen why he is loved by so many.
A true College hero, responding resoundingly to the invitation to live life in all its fullness.