It seems that our life here at Boroondara Park PS is filled with change at the moment. Earlier this year Jane Woodman popped into my office to talk to me about her future plans. She had decided that she would like to take Long Service Leave in Term 4 this year to do some travelling. She then told me that she intended to retire from teaching at the end of 2018. It is with much sadness that we share this news with you today but also excitement for Jane as she starts a new time in her life.
Jane has been the Assistant Principal at Boroondara Park PS for 7 years and has loved this role. She has mixed feelings about retiring but has been thinking about it for a number of years, the lure of spending time at home and exploring new challenges has become too much.
Jane has worked tirelessly to support students, staff and parents in her career. She has been a champion for the students needing extra support to access an education. Jane has taught in education for over 30 years in Wangaratta, Maidstone, Mansfield, Mt Buller (which included skiing during winter), Taggerty (as Principal), Canterbury and Rolling Hills. She has always focused on the work of State Education, promoting schools and the education provided by local primary and secondary schools. Jane believes that State schools are able to provide a quality education to every single child who walks through the school door. In her teaching roles she has been a part of ensuring that all students achieve their best. She feels she has been blessed to work with wonderful educators throughout her career and particularly at Boroondara Park.
When talking to Jane about her career she shared that she has spent time teaching in all levels of the school and leading curriculum implementation. Her interests in education have been focused on student need and her passion is fed by time spent with children. She strives to build the whole child and focuses on well being and how to best support each individual child. Jane has a particular interest in global education and enjoys opportunities to learn for herself, to read and attend learning programs that build her skills as a leader and educator. She noted that she started in PE and was excited to finish in her last year of teaching in PE. She has worked in leadership roles for the last 20 years and has been involved in School Council for most years of her career. Jane believes that schools are a social community and has found it is important to have involvement from families, much of her work as an Assistant Principal has focused on developing relationships and ensuring communication with families is focused on the development of the whole child.
We wish Jane all the best in her retirement and know that she will enjoy the time to do the things she loves, including travelling to Canada/US and then South America in the first months. We know she intends exploring the opportunity to work in schools overseas and to become a traffic crossing supervisor! She is currently learning Spanish and can't wait to use the language as she travels. She aims to do a course in how to best do cryptic crosswords and will play more tennis. Her main aim is to spend more time with family and friends.
We will let the community know of plans for a fabulous send off for Jane.