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Barrie Bidmead completed a BA (Earth Science) at Macquarie University, a Dip Ed at Avondale College, an M.Ed at Newcastle Uni in curriculum development, and a Post Grad Diploma of Economics at the University of New England.

Barrie's teaching started at Newcastle Adventist school. He later taught at Avondale High school and Northpine Christian College in Brisbane. Barrie has been Principal at Kambubu Adventist High School in PNG and Mountain View in Sydney, and Deputy Principal at Fulton College in Fiji. Most recently he taught at Kowloon Sam Yuk school in Hong Kong for 8 years before moving to Tasmania where he has been relief teaching and doing short term contracts, mainly in State schools.

Barrie has taught nearly every main subject in the curriculum, but his specialty areas are Economics, History and Geography. He was also involved in setting up and running Duke of Edinburgh Award programs for over 15 years. His last 2 contracts at Smithton SHS and Wynyard SHS have been in Maths and Science, and Maths is what he is concentrating in this year.

Barrie is married to Katy and they have 2 girls, Nyssa who lives in Vancouver, Canada and Llawella who lives in Brisbane. Both are teachers!

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

I vowed when I left school I would never be a teacher, both my Mum and Dad were teachers. I began studying Town Planning at Macquarie Uni, but a world wide recession and God’s leading meant that I finished my degree and went to study teaching at Avondale College. I have spent most of my career in the Adventist school system both in Australia and overseas. My plans for semi-retirement have been hijacked by the needs at NWCS and I am back in Adventist schools once again. The Lord leads in mysterious ways!

Who do you admire and why?

The biggest influence in my life was my dad who taught in the Adventist Schools for over 42 years. He instilled in me a love of History and interesting stories. I have admired those people in history who have been quiet achievers such as Sir Edmund Hillary. Educator friends such as John Hammond and Murray Hunter have also helped me develop a love of story telling and learning.

What is the most rewarding thing about your role?

Seeing students develop confidence and achieve something that they enjoy in their lives. Especially love seeing students make good choices for eternity.

When you’re not teaching, what do you do in your downtime? Do you have interests or hobbies?

I love working on my little farm and collecting old things, especially old tools. My wife and I run a fortnightly market stall selling mainly old restored things. I have always been a collector. These days it is coins, bottles and militaria. My wife and I both love travel and photography. I love the outdoors and Tasmania is a wonderful place to explore until covid restrictions are eased and we can travel again.

What book are you reading, or what would we find on your podcast list? What do you love to learn about?

I love listening to ABC Conversations podcasts about interesting people, and I enjoy reading well written stories, even widely far-fetched ones like Matthew Reilly.


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