Mt Everest, bush running, rowing, cycling and family. Mix all these together and you have John Poynter, Design and Technology Teacher.
Beginning his career in the building industry as an Architectural Draughtsman and Estimator, John studied as a mature aged student to become a teacher and now holds a hefty 33 years of teaching experience under his well-equipped tool belt.
When you talk to John about his many loves, rowing clearly takes the lead. Having represented Tasmania on several occasions, winning State titles and being awarded the coveted Simon Dean Memorial Trophy in 1987 for Tasmanian Oarsman of the Year.
Of course, it was a natural fit for John to be Director of Rowing at the College, coaching the Boys 1st VIII and winning three Head of the Rivers. John marks 1997 as an incredibly proud year, with the College winning both the boys and girls Head of the River.
A testament to his passion and his commitment to our students, he keeps in touch with some of his student rowers and deems himself very fortunate to be involved with some of their children as they come through the College
Equally impressive as his on-water success, off the water John has developed a love for the great outdoors. With wife of almost 40 years, Aileen, he has trekked the 17,600-foot journey to Everest base camp in Nepal, completed some of New Zealand’s greatest walks and has travelled to many snow destinations to connect with his love of snow skiing.
He competed as a runner and crewman five times in Australian Three Peaks Race, fostering his love of bush running and the sea. This has evolved into a passion for cycling. With his son Andrew, John recently completed a six-week, 2500-kilometre cycle through Patagonia in Chile and Argentina.
John said, “I feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many great people at Scotch Oakburn and perhaps even have a little impact on the lives of students”. We know the significant positive impact that John and his journeys have had on many past students and they will impact many more to come.