Jetty High inducts famed Senator
ONE of Australia's most colourful and controversial politicians has been given the ultimate honour by his alma mater.
Former Greens senator Dr Bob Brown was this week inducted into the Coffs Harbour High School's Hall of Fame.
Mr Brown attended Coffs Harbour High from 1957-59 during the time his father, a police officer, was stationed in Bellingen.
He was recognised by the school for his many roles, including as a doctor, politician, author, environmental activist, founder of the Greens Party and founder of Bush Heritage.
School Principal Patti Kearns said to prepare for his visit, students learnt lessons about Dr Brown's outstanding contribution to the environment movement, to State and Federal politics and to Australian intellectual debate over a long period of time.
"English classes used his life as inspiration to make short biofilms and Art classes explored his life through the frame of his many appearances in the Archibald competition," Mrs Kearns said.
"Our work as teachers is not just about passing on subject knowledge. It is about inspiring young people to use their personal skills and talents well, to participate fully in their community and live decent lives with respect for other people.
"Bob Brown has shown conviction, compassion, creativity and courage over many years as a politician and activist. Our students have much to learn from his optimism and were inspired by his achievements and humility."
Following his induction Dr Brown shared a morning tea created by the Year 12 hospitality class with parents, students, teachers and community members and recited stories of Coffs Harbour High School in the late 1950s, including his time in English classes looking out of the window to see the whales passing by.