Teacher Feature

The Teacher Feature is meant to highlight two of our current teachers. We have an amazingly diverse staff and we encourage you to get to know them!

Alet du Plessis

  1. What class or classes do you teach?

5B – the best class at Northpine!

  1. How long have you been working at Northpine?

This is my 3rd year teaching at Northpine – started in 2015 doing relief teaching and have been teaching full time since last year.

  1. How did you first discover you wanted to be a teacher?

When I was only 4 years old I used to play school – school with my dolls. I used to line them up and they were my students. I have never ever wanted to be in another profession.

  1. Where are you originally from?

I am originally from sunny South Africa, also known as the country of the “Big Five”. I grew up on a farm near a little town called Amersfoort.

  1. What might we be surprised to know about you?

I have lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and Cameroon. I love reading and would love to retire right on the beach, where I can sit and watch the waves roll in and the different shades of blues.

  1. If you could time travel, where and when would you go?

I would go back to 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck arrived from the Netherlands in The Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town). I love travelling and seeing new places. That anticipation of what is just around the corner – love it. Imagine going to a new country, what an adventure!

  1. What’s one great book or movie you’ve read or seen recently?

“A Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers. I have read this book a few times and every time I am struck by this young main character’s faith in God.

The latest movie I have seen was “Hacksaw Ridge”. It was an inspiring and life changing movie about a young soldier’s unwavering faith in God.

  1. Which person, directly or indirectly, has inspired you the most?

My Afrikaans teacher in High School, Mr De Lang. He was kind, funny and had such love for his subject. He could make any novel or poem come to life.

  1. What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?

Santorini in Greece. The combination of the white washed houses all along on the mountain overlooking the bluest of blue Aegean Sea. It is breathtaking, and helps one to realize how wonderful and mighty our Lord is.

  1. What is the best advice that you can give to your students?

In life, always strive to do ordinary things, like cleaning the white board, in an extra-ordinary way. This will make your life extra-ordinary. Do all jobs, small or big, as though you’re doing it for Jesus. Be passionate about life.

Lynden Chester

  1. What class or classes do you teach?

Years 8-10 Science; Senior Physics; Year 9 Challenge – The Next Step.

  1. How long have you been working at Northpine?

This year is my 6th year at Northpine Christian College and my 21st year of teaching.

  1. How did you first discover you wanted to be a teacher?

Although I grew up with the intention of never being a teacher, God showed me through the advice of a career counsellor that this was what I was meant to do with my life.

  1. Where are you originally from?

I was born in Sydney.

  1. What might we be surprised to know about you?

One of my favourite subjects at school was history.

  1. What’s one great book or movie you’ve read or seen recently?

“The Heavenly Man” – (available in the school library)

  1. Which person, directly or indirectly, has inspired you the most?

My mother – her life of service to God and her daily prayers.

  1. What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?

The Amalfi Coast – Italy

  1. What is the best advice that you can give to your students?

You are unique and special because God made you with a purpose. Aim to be the best you can be.