John Solomon


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Having matriculated from Caulfield Grammar School in 1963, John commenced Toorak Teachers College in 1964. After graduating in TPTC in 1965 he was granted an extension to his studentship to complete a B.Econ. Later John completed a M.Ed. degree. 

His first appointment was to Aspendale Primary School. He transferred to Elwood Central school and taught there between 1970 & 1974.  He took promotion to South Yarra in 1975 and taught there for 2 years. In 1977 he moved to Yarra Park Primary school as head teacher where he stayed 2 years.

He then gained promotion to Band 3 at Brighton Primary School were he undertook a senior teaching role until 1982.  In 1983 he returned to South Yarra as acting Principal.  During 1984 he transferred to Karingal Primary School in Frankston.

In 1985 he took up a Band 4 position at Edithvale Primary School where he acted as Principal for 2 years.

After long service leave in 1989 he transferred to Springvale West Primary school where he again acted as principal. In 1991 he moved to Caulfield Primary School as Principal.

He was only at Caulfield for 1 term before commencing as Training Manager for Cadbury Schweppes under the inaugural  Program of Teacher release into Industry.  He was the first Principal Class officer in the state to be granted leave to undergo this program.  He stayed at Cadburys for 2 years before returning to Caulfield Primary school.

With the Kennett Government merger & closures of schools he found himself displaced and then undertook various acting Principal roles in the southern metropolitan region.

He retired from Westall Primary School in 2001 where he occasionally returns as an emergency relieving teacher.

John has 3 children. His 2 daughters have completed their uni degrees and his son now attends Sandringham Secondary College, having commenced Year 7 in 2008.

He enjoys a few days of Relief Teaching.  His hobbies include fishing.  John also works part time for Trackaw, by taking fishing lessons to new aspiring anglers in Port Philip Bay.