Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Graduation media release #1 - Orchard Hills
Published: 17 Dec 2021 10:00am
Higher learning for former Teacher and Pupil
When Simon Macauley gave up his teaching job to join Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) earlier this year, he didnâ€™t expect to see a former pupil amongst his fellow recruits.
Although the 40-year-old didnâ€™t have Matt Brogan in his class at St John Bosco College at Engadine more than a decade ago, â€śWe occasionally ran into each other in the playground and at assemblies,â€ť Simon recalled.
â€śHe was always a well-behaved student with a cheeky side of course. â€śIâ€™m sure there were a few times when I asked him to pick up some papers in the playgroundâ€¦â€ť
Today the teacher from Wollongong and pupil from Sutherland are equals, graduating along with 213 other firefighters at the Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills, in Sydneyâ€™s west.
â€śWhen we were actually in the foyer (of the Academy) on the first day, I saw his face and thought, â€śNo way!â€ť â€śIt was a pleasant shock,â€ť Matt explained.
â€śOne thing I do remember about Mr Macauley at school, he always had an interesting or funny tie onâ€¦every single day...he had a Spider-man tie or some sort of tie and we always asked him where he got his tie from.
â€śHe used to tell us, â€śTie-landâ€ť...so we stopped asking him.â€ť
Both recruits quickly realised their friendship helped to accelerate the bond between their entire academy class.
â€śAs soon as Matthew and I saw each otherâ€¦the conversation flowed really quickly just in the mess room and I think that engaged the rest of our class and within a week, it felt like our class dynamic was really good, like weâ€™d all known each other for quite some time,â€ť Simon recalled.
Now the teacher 29-year-old Matt knew as â€śMr Macauleyâ€ť is simply â€śMacauleyâ€ť and their friendship remains solid.
Simon still helps Matt with the book workâ€¦the student returns the favour with assistance in the gymâ€¦and if they end up being posted to the same fire station?
â€śWe get along really wellâ€¦we have good banterâ€¦itâ€™d be great,â€ť Matt said.
â€śWeâ€™d have plenty of laughs between us, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ť Simon replied.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm
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