Some of you may have noticed Mr. Fowler has not returned this Term. For those of you who haven’t come across Steve, he’s been one of our senior Science teachers for the past eight years. Physics and Chemistry have been Steve’s passion for a lot of his teaching career, which like Moses has spanned a number of decades!
Late last term, Steve suffered a back injury that landed him in hospital for around five weeks. In the early part of that hospital stay he was in serious pain, and unable to get out of bed. Aggravating the situation was the hospital’s restrictions around visitors, which meant only two people per day could visit him.
Steve was planning to retire later in the year, however, after injuring his back and the ongoing recovery required, Steve has had to make the decision to retire early.
I have been mates with Steve for almost twenty-five years. We first taught together at Taree Christian College when it was about a third the size it is now, and due to our mutual interest in cars we kind of just hit it off. Both of us have a small but sometimes significant competitive streak and have raced against each other in the Hillclimb Championship on several occasions over the years.
It’s a friendship that has spanned several moves away from the area for both of us. Our kids grew up together and as we have got older, both of us have collected a bucket load of grandkids. Not only has Steve been a colleague and at times a mentor but he has been one of those blessings God has provided to many of us.
We’ve been blessed in the past couple of years to have Mr. Green and Mrs. Hall join our Science Department and so our senior Science program is well looked after, but to be honest, the place will seem a bit different without Mr. Fowler around. His passion for his subject and the kid’s God pushed his way, was clear for everyone to see.
As a School community we wish Steve well as he moves into retirement, and trust he and his wife Wendy will continue to know God’s richest blessings. We hope to have the opportunity to have Steve attend one of our formal functions so we can recognise his contribution to our School but in these uncertain times, we are still navigating what that might look like.