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Introducing the World’s Oldest Teacher

October 15, 2012


When I say that I am not intending to retire anytime soon, I am not quite referring to teaching until I’m 100:

It is official. St Aloysius’ College’s Father Geoffrey Schneider, who turns 100 on December 23, is the world’s oldest serving teacher.

The Australian representative for Guinness World Records Chris Sheedy ,who is a former Aloysius’ student (1980-88), presented the world record certificate at the school in Kirribilli.

Father Schneider featured on the front page of the Mosman Daily as Australia’s oldest teacher but this world record will give him global fame.

Eight hundred members of the school community including parents, past parents and students gathered at the college for a Celebration of a Century to honour Father Schneider’s life.

He grew up in Melbourne and came to live at the college in 1965. The children have nicknamed him Father Schnitzel and both a classroom and trophy are named in his honour.

He takes 15-minute religious instruction classes at the college and is chaplain of the junior school.

The Jesuit priest has no intention of retiring from his teaching career.

“I’ve been gifted with strengths,” Father Schneider said.

Of the fuss being made, Father Schneider said he “lets it all flow by” while he awaits his telegram from the queen for turning 100.

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