Kalamunda Senior High School hosts Peter Collier


Peter Collier teaching  a class.
Peter Collier teaching a class.

The former teacher took a class of politics and law students at Kalamunda Senior High School.

“For the past two years I have made an effort to get back into the classroom around once a month to take a Year 12 politics and law class or a Year 11 class,” he said.

“I find it extremely therapeutic; it keeps me grounded and as a former teacher of politics and history it is very important that I do get back into the classroom.”

He said the students were terrific, highly motivated and very informed.

“We had a good topic… the role of government in terms of how Australia fits into the liberal democratic theme,” he said.

“The qualities of our system of government and then also the theory and practice. And having taught it for more than 20 years and then been in politics for the past 12 years, I’ve been able to offer a bit of advice there on the theory versus the practice.”

DID YOU KNOW

PETER Collier was born and bred in Kalgoorlie and had “a charmed childhood”. “My parents owned a small grocery and liquor store and while we were certainly not what would be termed affluent, I never went without,” he said in his maiden speech to Parliament.

“Life was basically comfortable and uncomplicated.

“As you do as a child, I relied upon my parents for everything: materially as well as for guidance in life skills and for loving support. I was always given an abundance of all three. Neither my two sisters nor I were ever found wanting. In essence, life consisted of school – North Kalgoorlie PS and Eastern Goldfields SHS – an abundance of valued friends, tennis, my golden palomino and working in our corner store.”