Rose Mitchell has retired after a teaching career of 42 years.
Rose Mitchell has retired after a teaching career of 42 years. Sarah Harvey

School's out for Rose

ROSE Mitchell loved every minute of the 42 years she spent in school classrooms.

Thirty of those years as a teacher were in Ipswich, including 14 years at Immaculate Heart School and at Sacred Heart Booval for her last six years of full-time teaching. After three final years of relief teaching, the Eastern Heights resident is embarking on a new life as a retiree.

“I’m going to relax for quite a while,” she said.

“I want to fuss around my house. I love sewing and we’ve got a boat.”

As Rose de Krey, Mrs Mitchell enrolled at a North Sydney teaching college aged 17.

She had attended St Mary’s Ipswich until grade five.

“Teaching was in the blood. It’s all I ever wanted to do,” she said.

“It was just in me to do it.

“My first ancestor to arrive in Australia, Sarah Davenport Keats, started a girls’ boarding school in 1860.

“Every generation since then has had teachers. My grandfather was a headmaster.”

Mrs Mitchell’s teaching career began at New Lambton in Newcastle.

She has taught more than 1000 primary grade students since then.

“Mostly the kids have been beautiful,” she said.

“It’s nice to see some of my students are teachers. A lot of the students have done so well.

“Definitely you need a passion for teaching, and you need to be dedicated.”

Rose’s devoted husband, cartoonist Wil Mitchell, fully supported her passion for teaching.

“My husband was a great help to me,” she said.

“As an artist, he did many illustrations for me over the years.”

Mrs Mitchell also paid tribute to the fine principals and teachers she’d worked with during her career.

Teaching, for her, has been tremendously rewarding.

Now, in retirement, she and Wil intend to see more of their family, including their 10 grandchildren.

“We’ll live in Ipswich till the end of our days,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“We’ve got a lot of friends in Ipswich.”



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