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It was with sadness that we learned recently of the passing of David Harrison, Principal of the Junior School from 1989 to 2006. David was only 71. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, their children Tim and Chris, and their families.
David’s love of educating children and his caring approach will be remembered by his students and by those who worked with him, including Pre-primary teacher Kellie Sorensen who wrote this tribute.
David had a passion for education and developing a community rich school. He knew all the Junior School families and prided himself on knowing the names of all the students’ names. David loved sharing his passion for boats and planes with the students. Every Friday he read to the Pre-primary children before they went home – it was a tradition he loved and never broke.
David was always giving worldly advice on many different topics. I will always remember the time he spent teaching JS staff how to drive the College bus. He spent time with each of us giving tips to ensure we were confident enough to pass our licence.
David also spent many extra hours at the school for community events such as busy bees and the Darlington Arts Festival. He never shied away from unblocking drains or moving fallen trees. A highlight for many of us was his arrival at the school camps with his briefcase of games. The students loved seeing him turn up, knowing the fun he was going to bring. Arriving at Rottnest on his own boat was also a tradition he loved.
Many of us who attended his funeral service reminisced about his funny jokes, caring nature, and the love and passion he had for the school. He cared deeply for his staff and the students and he will be sadly missed, but for me, his memory will live on.
Kellie Sorensen Pre-primary Teacher