Posted by Allan Drummond
on 22 February 2021
Here's one of my former principals - Brother Quentin, aka BQ. As a teacher, sometime last century, his students were known to comment on his quiet manner. He spoke so softly that the students in the back row were leaning forward, straining to hear what he had to say. Of course, they wouldn't have bothered if he weren't saying something useful. Classes usually reflect the personality of their teacher. A quiet teacher will have a quiet classroom. A loud teacher will have a loud classroom. A walk along the corridors of a big school will verify this.
I have been blessed with a versatile voice that can be quiet. or VERY LOUD!!! I like to use the whole range to keep the students guessing. More than once, I've gone into a lesson and not said a word, but have had the students working their little tails off. A bit of drama and the unexpected never hurt any class.
BQ had a routine of calling students into his office on or near their birthday, to get to know them and to wish them well. Quite a task in a school of 1200 or so. Pre computerised report cards, he spent many hours checking the spelling and grammar of a key point of communication between school and parents.
In an earlier life, he had been one of New South Wales leading junior tennis players.
I've been fortunate to teach with many talented and admirable people, and BQ is one of them.