Schools scattered all over Australia are grieving the loss of beloved current or former teachers killed when the Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. Eight teachers, four of them in public education, were among the 298 dead.
Former Albion Park High School deputy principal Michael Clancy was celebrating retirement after 22 years of teaching when he boarded the ill-fated flight with his wife, Carol, also a teacher. One of hundreds of tributes to Mr Clancy came from a parent of an autistic student who posted on Facebook: “He gave my son chances when everyone else wouldn’t.”
The couple’s daughter, Jane Malcolm, told the Illawarra Mercury their deaths would be felt throughout the Illawarra as both had long teaching careers. “Disability teaching was one of my mum’s specialities — she was always doing something or volunteering for something,” Ms Malcolm said.