TRIBUTE TO PHIL
Phil Cullen in his varying roles as Teacher, School Principal, Regional Director of Education in both the North-Western and Northern Regions of Queensland and later as State Director of Primary Education in Queensland certainly left his mark. He will be remembered and remembered for all the right reasons – for his love of education and for his unrelenting advocacy for kids….
Our Aussie kids will remember him and so too will we,
From the “Naplan Curse” he fought to keep our classrooms free!
A man of great statue who walked so boldly and so tall,
A legendary hero who inspired, coached and nurtured us all!
With charisma he came, bringing enlightenment and hope,
Seeding environments wherein pupils could learn and cope!
He promoted his shared vision with energy, zest and zeal,
And the culture he instilled gained widespread appeal!
Still remembered and revered throughout this great State,
In Outback Queensland he was a colleague, mentor and mate!
Of him, people out there still so highly and positively speak,
On educational matters his trusted advice they would always seek!
Throughout the Cullen Era Queensland Education always ranked first,
From our Primary School classrooms the joy of learning burst!
“Learning How to Learn” became the catch-cry of each school day,
And Phil was always there sharing the excitement along the way!
A great communicator, orator and a tireless advocate for kids,
This man was a marvel and wouldn’t have changed his job for quids!
So blessed was the system to have attracted leadership of his kind,
How and what he achieved was simply the work of a Master-mind!