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Bill McClintock

Why one of our state’s most highly respected former principals remains registered

More than 25 years after he first retired as a principal, Bill McClintock OAM continues to give back to his community and is one of more than 50,000 teachers set to complete their five-yearly registration renewal later this year.

The more than 50,000 teachers with full registration will be notified by the QCT next month about how to complete their five-yearly renewal form in addition to paying their annual fee.

Mr McClintock, who started teaching in 1958 at Maroochydore Primary School, says he maintains his registration because he wants to remain connected to the profession.

The 82-year-old, who has a Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP) medal named after him, was among the first cohort of teachers to be registered in Queensland.

“There are those who are not wanting to return to class but are wanting to keep that link there and, if the opportunity came up, to contribute in some way,” Mr McClintock says.

Mr McClintock graduated from Kelvin Grove Teachers College in 1957 and went on to work at one-teacher schools. He did a stint on the South Island of New Zealand and served as principal at four different Queensland schools over 20 years, starting with Mornington Island in 1973.

In 1993, Mr McClintock retired as the principal of Bardon State School and started up the MACWEST Collegiate Consultancy Service, travelling extensively to work in, and support, remote Queensland schools. Mr McClintock also maintained his registration to undertake supply teaching and retain his exemption card for working in schools.

Between 1993 and 2000, Mr McClintock provided support to numerous schools and communities, driving over 220,000 kilometres in his motorhome from Birdsville to the Atherton Tablelands. He did supply teaching; ran Lego workshops; helped out at various Adventure Camps, Challenge Camps and Extended Learning Camps; and volunteered with local State Emergency Services (SES), photography and sporting clubs, as well as musical and historical groups. Mr McClintock would also assist with school jubilees, centenaries and other functions. He was a Roving Ambassador for Queensland Day and the Australia Day Council due to his extensive work across Queensland.

From 2000 to 2006 he worked at Fig Tree Pocket State School as a supply teacher.

“I enjoyed it. I became the permanent relief teacher because they knew they could ring me at 11 o’clock in the morning because I only lived at Chapel Hill. That was a great help to have someone who could just walk in. So, I did that, that completed 50 years,” Mr McClintock says. “I would also go over and do voluntary work for them, I looked after a few other things which helped the school as well.”

Since retiring a second time, Mr McClintock remains an active life member of QASSP.

“Teaching is not just an ordinary job that you go to, it’s a calling,” Mr McClintock says.

The QCT looks forward to assisting any teachers with their five-yearly renewal. Teachers can visit the website or contact us here.

1 Comment

Jun 07, 2021

The man. The legend. The enigma. I was wondering how Mr Mac was getting on, so happy to hear he's alive and well and still in the game. I have to wonder if he still gets around in those 70's inspired safari suits he always wore (now a timeless classic). My fondest memory of Mr Mac would be the time he picked up one of the more troublesome children and (jokingly) dangled him by the ankle. We didn't see his lighter side too often, so us kids loved it!!!

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