Mr John Gibbs

Life before Girton
Before starting at Girton this year I had taught at Haileybury (Melbourne) since 1999.  I had a number of differing roles within the school and taught across a number of year levels from Kindergarten to Year 9.  Apart from teaching I have also worked as a University Lecturer, Librarian (University and Hospital) and in the Public Service.  I have also taught in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Mordialloc.

Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching, B. Education, Grad Dip Arts (Information Management)

What I Love about Teaching

  • Building a rapport with students and watching them progress throughout the year (and beyond).
  • Being in a job where you can make a difference to someone else.

What is the best thing about teaching at Girton?
Supportive work environment and families.

What do you like best about the year level you teach?
Students in Year 6 are at the end of their primary education.  Their maturity levels are quite diverse and they are developing stronger characteristics and sense of self.  It is important that students enjoy this last year but also develop skills and attributes that will assist them into their transition into secondary schooling.  Leadership qualities become more apparent but students still maintain a sense of fun.

What difference can good teaching make?
Good teaching provides students the ability to transfer their knowledge into existing and new situations.  It provides a rapport that allows students to freely ask questions to extend their understanding beyond the classroom.  Good teaching provides a positive environment for students that is also challenging and allows students to be their best self.

Other Hats
I am currently involved in coaching under 14 Basketball at Girton.  I have previously coached a number of sports from Hockey, Touch Football and Australian Rules.