School Oval named after long-serving Norwood Teacher

Norwood Secondary College’s sports oval was today officially announced the ‘Wilson Oval’ after long-serving teacher, Mr Michael (Mick) Wilson.  

The school hall was packed for the announcement, with past and current students, community members and friends of the humble school icon.

“After 40 years of teaching at Norwood Secondary College, Mick has made an immeasurable contribution and impact in the lives of students”. Dee Ryall, Member for Ringwood said. Having spent so much of his time dedicated to coaching, teaching, training and preparing, past students speak of Mick as a legend of Norwood, having coached teams through to state level with great distinction.

“Mick was also a trailblazer for women in sport by encouraging female participation in Cricket and Football,” Ms Ryall said. Indeed, former male and female students have opened for Australia after being coached and encouraged by Mick.

Principal Andrew Sloane said, “His belief in the importance of girls participating in sport and his desire to ensure the teams perform to the best of their ability are part of Norwood Secondary College 'lore'”.

Michael Wilson is known for his dedication to bringing depth to teams, for his skills in enabling teams to work together to compliment the talents of one another.  He also brings the best out of every student.  “Mick is one of the most loved teachers in the College’s history” Said Catherine Wright, School Council President.

“Our community owes a debt to unsung heroes such as Mick Wilson for their dedication, commitment and faith in our students and their abilities...the positive influence that Mick has had on students, past and present was well and truly on display,” said Ms Ryall.

Media contact:             Dee Ryall             dee.ryall@parliament.vic.gov.au             9870 7396