Fund to help children of slain teacher Brian Liston

Kate Ambrose

Late last year, Federation learnt of the tragic and senseless death of Strathfield South PS teacher Brian Liston, who was stabbed and killed at a bus stop on his way home from school. Brian leaves behind a wife and two children.

Brian completed his training at Lismore College of Advanced Education and began teaching in 1990. It was apparent from the start that he had a gift for working with students, in particular students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds and students with high physical and intellectual needs.

In 2005, Brian began casual teaching at Strathfield South Public where his dedication to the students was quickly recognised. He was appointed to a permanent position in 2009.

Brian was always an active Federation Member at Strathfield South Public. He was elected Fed Rep while still a temporary teacher at the school and three years later became a member of the Workplace Committee. Brian had a highly developed sense of social justice and would always take time to further a positive outcome for a colleague.

Brian's colleagues remember him being very intuitive as a teacher and ensuring that all staff felt welcome at the school. He is remembered as a non-confrontational man, always smiling and calm.

He was mindful of protecting the environment and leaving a minimal carbon footprint.

A support fund has been set up for Brian’s children, who attend their local public school in Sydney. The Federation has a made $1000 contribution to the fund and encourages members to consider making individual contributions.

Liston and Jones Children Support Fund
BSB: 732067
Account No: 811290
Bank: Westpac