David Roach with his granddaughter Chloe Rooth, who graduated yesterday.TEACHING graduate Chloe Rooth has given David Roach another reason to feel proud about Deakin University.
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Mr Roach was the first permanent principal of Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (WIAE), which later became the Deakin University Warrnambool campus.

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The Ocean Grove resident was principal and later director at the institute from 1970 to 1990, but yesterday returned to Warrnambool to help his granddaughter celebrate achieving her Bachelor of Education (Primary).

Ms Rooth is already enjoying work in the field, having just returned to Warrnambool after seven weeks as a governess teaching three young children on a remote New South Wales station.

“We were two hours north of Broken Hill,” she said.

“It was very peaceful but also an exciting opportunity. I’d like to go back there.”

As part of her course, Ms Rooth secured placements at Katherine in the Northern Territory for three weeks and spent a semester studying on Vancouver Island in Canada.

While the advantages of studying locally influenced her decision to choose Warrnambool, Ms Rooth appreciated the travel and study opportunities.

“I had never been overseas so going to Canada on my own was a real challenge,” she said.

“I could travel and study abroad and still earn credits for my course, which was fantastic.”

Ms Rooth said she was now looking to secure a local teaching job a bit closer to home.

Mr Roach’s daughter Kathie Rooth also graduated from the Warrnambool campus in 1979 with teaching qualifications, making Chloe’s graduation yesterday a third-generation link to the campus.

“I am proud of Chloe and proud to be there for her,” Mr Roach said.

“I was glad that she chose Deakin Warrnambool and pleased that it worked out so well for her.” He said he looked back at the merger with Deakin University in 1990 as a key decision in securing the future of the campus.

“The introduction of teaching education was also one of the most vital advances in Warrnambool and it wasn’t easy. Lots of people were fighting against it.”

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