When did you come to Fintona and in what capacity?
I came to Fintona in 2009, as a Year 6 classroom teacher. It was very exciting for me to join a community of welcoming, dedicated professionals who shared my values and beliefs of the importance of a well-rounded education for girls. I was able to share my expertise whilst learning further from my colleagues who inspire me with their passion for education.
As the new Head of Middle School what have you found so far as the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Definitely the most rewarding aspect of being Head of Middle School is having the opportunity of meeting and working with such a wide range of interesting young ladies. It is a privilege to be part of their education and to listen to their excited chatter at lunchtimes. I particularly enjoy working with the different age groups and developing ways of providing opportunities for them to investigate their different skills and talents. The other rewarding aspect of the position is the opportunity to build a warm, positive environment in which Year 5 to 8 students are able to interact with girls in different year levels to pursue a variety of interests.
What exciting plans do you have instore for Middle School House?
We are so very lucky to have a dedicated area for Middle School girls in Moss House. Not only is it a delightful working space for our girls to pursue their endeavours, but it also provides a warm atmosphere where the feeling of community can be fostered. This year has seen the introduction of a number of new lunchtime activities in Moss House, such as Cooking Club and there are plans for developing other clubs related to the girls’ interests such as debating and public speaking clubs, gardening club and games clubs. There are also plans to utilise one of the upstairs spaces as an SRC and Tutor Representatives room where the students can meet to organise activities and to discuss suggestions they have for Middle School.
How would you best characterise a Fintona girl in the Middle School?
A Middle School Fintona girl is warm, caring and accepting of her peers. She is excited about the many opportunities she has for learning and developing her skills and talents and she is comfortable in knowing that she is supported in all her endeavours. Our girls are confident in approaching their teachers to discuss whatever is of importance to them and they know they will be treated with respect and interest. A love of learning is evident in Fintona Middle School girls and this is reflected in their willingness to try new things, even if at first it may appear difficult.
Can you tell us what your interests are outside of school?
In my leisure time, I enjoy walking, particularly on crisp mornings. I also love reading and savour every opportunity I have to curl up with a good book. My family plays a very important part in my out-of-school life and I cherish the many opportunities I have to spend time with my children and grandchildren. I also love to travel, both within Australia and overseas.