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by Jennifer Mills

When I graduated in 1982 with a Diploma of Teaching from Milperra CAE I never imagined the power I held in my hand! With a Diploma of Teaching that was recognised worldwide (for free, no student debt in those days!!) I set out to teach overseas. Initially I went to London to teach in 1985 but in 1986 I got a job teaching in Greece. I became hooked on the international lifestyle of teaching and travelling. Since then I have taught in Dublin, Manus Island, London (again), Qatar and now I’m in Beijing where I am the Curriculum Coordinator. In August 2017 I am moving to Seoul, South Korea to become Principal at an International School. I owe all my thanks to Milperra CAE who took a chance on me as I was a third round intake student! I can’t imagined how my life would have turned out if I hadn’t attended Milperra CAE. I had an amazing few years there. I was a Student Rep for Teacher Ed and have great memories of my years there. I played netball and basketball for the college and went to a few ‘intercols” which were crazy fun! I remember the concerts…even one with Ross Ryan who sang “I am Pegasus!” Lunchtime at the Viking were mandatory for a steak sandwich! The friends who I am still in contact with from those days are also successful in teaching careers with the NSW Dept of Ed. What a walk down memory lane this has been! Well done Milperra CAE!

Lunchtime parties

by Charlie Coorey

I was a student in Social Welfare 1980-81 and have many great memories of MCAE. This course was my second chance after dropping out of a science degree at Uni of Sydney. I have since been on the Field Education Committee in the 90s and even came back to UWS to fill in as a temp coordinator for the Professional Context of Youth work for a semester with Vaughan Bowie (one of my original mentors/lecturer/tutor back in 1980-81). I am still in the community sector and am still passionate and energetic as a local government youth strategic projects officer. Aside from the learning heaps about life and getting my ‘pieces of paper’ I was also the social coordinator of the Students association and used to organise the lunchtime concerts/parties with the wonderful support and friendship of Margaret Zito, our only paid staff support to the students association. By far the best gig was getting Dynamic Hipnotics to perform at our lunch gig. The beer and wine were overflowing and enjoyable lectures in the afternoon followed. After this gig Dynamic Hipnotics agreed to play at our end of year graduation party before they attracted a manager and became expensive. Aside from the great lectures from many inspiring lecturers and tutors student life and friendships made attendance attractive and enjoyable. Congrats on 35 years and thanks.

Fees protest

by Craig Pike

I recall lining up to enrol one semester in the early 80s. Tuition was free in those days, however, I remember the drama surrounding a petition to protest against the compulsory enrolment fee. It was $20. I recall friendly lectures with academics that knew how to inspire learning and students that I still bump into after all these years.

by Nolene Walker (nee Syme)

I attended Milperra CAE from 1977-1979. One of the aspects I now appreciate about Milperra CAE is that it gave so many of us westy girls (yes mainly girls and mainly westies in primary education) the opportunity to get a first rate education specifically in teacher education. Most of us were on teacher scholarships which in many ways wooed us into teaching. There was a program called ISEP (interschool education program). Each Friday morning we would attend a different school and observe the teaching strategies that were used and then critique the lesson. It was understood that we would then use those strategies in our own lessons. We went to college 5 days a week and I remember comparing the hours that my friends did who attended country colleges (usually 3 days a week and lots of drinking, well I think we did our share of the latter too!) and now I look at my own children who seem to be able to cram their university timetables into 2-3 days per week. There were some terrific elective programs that I believe broadened us. Art for instance with David Baker and Ken Stone- we were required to critique obscure art exhibitions and grapple with art techniques and media; the sport and recreation program was so much fun (activities such as rowing up the Georges River, or overnight camping and coastal walks in the Royal National Park, ski weekends, intercols (colleges had sporting weekends) which were terrific fun. (Of course each one of these events have their own stories attached to them.) Richard Parker organised the most wonderful Central Australian trips and South East Asian trips made so affordable, yet we ate like kings. Probably the best aspects of attending Milperra CAE were the lifelong friendships developed. For many years (until our teenagers had their own agendas) a group of ex Milperra CAE students (77-79) met with our families and spent a week holidaying in a coastal spot. I have remained a teacher in the western suburbs and now work at UWS (yes the Milperra Campus) in the inclusion program (students with additional needs) and I have to say that my own education at Milperra has prepared me well for the work I now do with trainee teachers.

by Dawn J. Smith (Robertson)

I attended Milperra CAE in 1978-79 to complete the Associate Diploma in Social Welfare. I was 36, divorced with 2 young children and my Mum gave up work so I could attend College. I remember the Psychology Lecturer drawing the bell curve for stats and asking us if we all knew what it was. I nodded but had no idea! I had left school before I was fifteen due to ill health. I remember the Psych Lecturer saying in the last semester in 1979 that after our group “all others would be blancmange” because we were so diverse, with mature aged, school leavers, nuns, single mums, marrieds, lesbians, etc! Some that had gone through the rehab systems. We were very lucky to have had Dr Frank Hayes, Helen Boyle and last but not least our beloved Dr Margaret Sargent, who opened all our eyes with her Sociology lectures. Two main events stand out from that time, that we as the Welfare School overthrew the Teacher Ed students for control of the student union, (probably saving many Teacher Ed students from alcoholism because we stopped the Thursday swill.) Neville Wran came in July 1978(approx). Milperra was in flood so he came in a helicopter. We nearly lifted the roof off cheering when he was followed by Gough Whitlam. I will always remember Milperra CAE for the chance it gave me. I worked for DOCS from 1980 to 2002, 22 years in the Bankstown Office. I completed a Social Science Degree graduating in 1990 and returned again to do a Master In Counselling which I did not complete. I have been retired for just on eight years. I owe Milperra more than I could ever repay, and made several lifelong friends there. And yep, I can remember Vaughan Bowie!

by Gordon Treble

Some remaining memories * Seeing Gary Langford crash tackle Les Rory. Being a New Zealander, and in his first game of friendly” TOUCH ” rugby, we all understood Gary’s dilemma. When Les came-to we apologised on behalf of Gary. * The ability of Doug McNally to bring every staff meeting to a conclusion at 4.55 pm.for an adjournment and to meet in 10 minutes forthwith at the Bankstown Golf Club. * Our efficient and delightful “support” staff ; like Pat. Betty, Harry, Daph, Helen,Robyn, June,and Jan (who have I forgotten?…I know,that lady who I used to closely follow down the corridor with her captivating Rhumba hip walk Sophie! * Darrel Chapman’s innovative alternate name he coined for John Collerson’s Symbolic Committee; Darrel’s suggestion: “The Bollock’s Committee.” The latter was retained by most. * While on Darrel….The new secretary Ken Gee entered my office and I introduced them ….Ken said a few words and then Darrel chuckled and proceeded to tell, unknowingly, two stuttering jokes. That year our P.E. funding was reduced! * I recall our first few years of a super friendly times especially at morning teas etc. and the close liaison with administration. * As with the above, staff had close and meaningful relationships with beaut students and we had many Off-campus occasions promoted by Doug McNally and enjoyed by all. Such memories of Vision Valley and Barry Ridge’s organisation of our Alpine Exposures in the snow fields. * Ken Stone’s exuberant renditions of poetry. * Mike Koder sucking on his pipe. * Ron-the-mail-man; who knew more about the staff than Pat Cole. He was very helpful! * The contrast between Chris Stirling’s authoritative voice and melodic tones of Steve Watson. * A memory I’ve tried to forget were the sounds each November that penetrated the corridors….those student “musicians” practising on their recorders.

by Ken Hardy – Gardener

I started work at Milperra CAE in August 1977. The oval and most of the main building had just been completed. The old primary school in the front of the grounds was still there and in fact, our old gardeners’ shed was one of the old buildings of the school. In the early stage there was only Neil Walker and me clearing the grounds. The ridges of the old market gardens were everywhere and they all had to be leveled. Also, either side of the oval, old foundations of houses and gardens etc. had to be dug up by the scoop of the old tractor, and made into heaps and taken away. There were also some blackberries near the main building. Bob Waugh liked mounds, which were everywhere and were quite hard to mow. The thing that upset me the most, was making the grounds nice, with trees, shrubs and flowers, then they would all be bulldozed down to make ready for a new building. Some of my extra jobs in the early years were controlling traffic on open days, guarding the student paintings in the main hall, cooking barbecue meat for staff, filling staff cars with petrol, and cleaning them. I also opened the campus in the mornings, as well as being on the switchboard once where there was a large flood in the area. In my retirement I believe that working for the University of Western Sydney, Milperra was all worth while.