22 October, 2021


After 31 years at Scotch Oakburn College John Poynter has decided that he is ready to move onto the next stage of his career, whatever that may be.

John’s CV is incredibly extensive and diverse, encompassing working in the building industry prior to re-training as a teacher. He then taught at George Town High, then Ravenswood High prior to commencing at Scotch Oakburn in January 1991. At Scotch Oakburn he has taught Design and Technology in Years 7 to 12 for 30 years including Pre-tertiary Housing and Design at TCE level for the last 15 years. His work in industry has allowed him to bring a lived experience into his teaching which his colleagues and all students who have been under his tutelage have benefitted from. Further to that, in 2005 he was seconded to UTAS to lecture in Design and Technology teacher education. John also held the important pastoral role of Head of Fox House from 1999 to 2002.

In the co-curricular field, John coached rowing across many age groups from 1991 to 2004, after his own very successful rowing career, winning three Head of the River titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997, which were real highlights for him. Half of the ’97 eight then went on to win the National Schoolboy Coxed Four title. John also had two stints as Director of Rowing, 1998 – 2004, and again in 2009 – 2012. However, rowing has not been his only co-curricular involvement. He was Person-in-Charge of Hockey from 2004 to 2009 and Athletics from 2012 to 2019. Finally, John was involved in both junior soccer and cricket in the early 2000s.

Beyond sport, John ran the College Snow Skiing camp for many years and has been involved in many Education Outdoors camps in his 31 years, all experiences that have allowed him to see students in a different environment, which he has greatly appreciated.

John will finish his career at Scotch Oakburn in mid-March 2022, after covering for a member of the Creative Design Industries team who is on long service leave for the early part of 2022, after which we will appropriately celebrate his outstanding career at the College and wish him well for the future.

In the meantime, on behalf of the College community, I say, “Thank you, John, for 31 years of outstanding teaching, mentoring, coaching and collegiality.”

Andy Müller

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