So who is Ryle Murray?
I am a Grade 4 teacher at Port Alfred School.
Between 7:00 and 14:00 I teach.
From 14:30 to 17:00 I am a sports coach.
17:30- 20:30 I am a Dad to my 3 kids and husband to my amazing wife.
21:00 – 23:30 I am a teacher again, marking and setting out school work.
Saturdays I am coach again: Anything from 04:30 till 21:00 depending on where we play sport that weekend.
I am also a member of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). I have been a member at the NSRI for 6 years now. As Port Alfred is a small town, we are on call 24 hours a day. A call out ranges from anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours, depending on what the emergency is. What a privilege it is to be part of such an awesome institute. The lessons I have learnt are priceless.
I am a Christian and am part of the Port Alfred Baptist Church family. My wife, Penny and myself lead a Life Group. (Bible study) Our life group is for parents with kids. I am also a deacon at the church and I am a Sunday School teacher.
I believe teachers are born, the compassion and love we have for all kids creates us.
I thank God for making me a teacher, as everyday I wake up and look forward to going to work. (if you can call it that!) My aim is to make school as fun as possible, how else can one learn if you are not enjoying what you are doing?
Before the Lock Down, I bumped into quite a few people who said, “Aren’t you lucky, a nice long holiday for you now!!”
What the general public doesn’t know is this…..
A teacher does not teach to get rich
A teacher does not teach for the wonderful holidays
A teacher does not teach for the “half day” job
A teacher teaches for the love of seeing children develop
A teacher teaches to see a child grow self confidence
A teacher teaches to see happy children
A teacher teaches to change society one child at a time
A teacher teaches to see every child achieve their goals in life.
So when someone says to me, ‘You are going to have a nice holiday.’
I bite my lip.
I am a father to about 60 kids and a Dad to 3 of my own children. I worry about the kids health, are they safe at home? Are they looking after themselves and are their parents telling them to be safe, wash their hands. I feel like visiting each child I teach to make sure they are ok. I treat all the kids I teach as if they are my own children. When I am at school, I see myself as their father and look after all of them.
I was once asked, how many kids of colour do I have in my class (How many, blacks, Indians, coloureds and white kids), my answer was simple, “I have 30 kids in my class, I can tell you how many boys and how many girls, but colour, that I can’t tell you as we are all the same.
So I can’t wait for this Lock Down to end, so I can go back to doing what I love and go see all my kids again.