What do you enjoy most about your role?
I get to work with passionate and compassionate staff who want what they do, to make a difference. I get to engage with students who are full of possibility, enthusiasm and optimism and ready to change the world. Schools are dynamic places filled with colourful characters
What does a typical day look like for you?
I’m not sure I have a typical day at the moment! Generally speaking it involves preparing for teaching – either planning or marking. Preparing for masses, liturgies, school celebrations, Reflection Days, staff professional learning, and various social justice initiatives. I work with students, teachers, IT, admin and music staff to achieve our aims
Most rewarding aspect of working at Avila?
The most rewarding aspect about working at Avila is working with people who see possibility: possibility to grow, learn and participate. I get to witness success both small and large and be a part of someone’s learning journey, which is a privilege.
Why did you choose to work in Catholic education?
The emphasis in Catholic education of wholistic education really appeals to me. It is really important that we nurture the spiritual lives of our students (and staff). Catholic schools believe in the dignity of each person and we are called to see Christ in the face of all we encounter. Catholic Schools also provide an opportunity for those who aren’t as connected to a parish as they may have traditionally been to engage with our Catholic traditions, and this allows us to accompany them on their faith journey.
What makes Avila College a great learning community?
Avila is a dynamic and energising place to work. The teachers and support staff care deeply about the students and want the best possible outcomes for them, be they academic or social. There are an extraordinary amount of opportunities for students to nurture their passions and be extended beyond their comfort zone. The students are willing to give things a go – this week is a good example – students were busking at lunchtime to raise money for Project Compassion. The students showed bravery singing and playing instruments in public and a commitment to social justice. Their friends demonstrated loyalty and support by cheering them on and it created a really festive atmosphere for all.