We have had a very rewarding start of the academic year, and I look forward to working with you again this year in leadership of staff development and curriculum matters.
Our focus in 2019 is on raising the bar, and our staff too have been working towards this professionally, in developing strategies to best target growth and improvement of the young women under our care. As research suggests, teacher impact is the most significant factor at a school level that influences student outcomes. It is important we nurture our staff development and, over the January Staff Week we have had the opportunity to do this. During this time staff have strengthened their understanding and preparedness for the new senior secondary system, along with having had an opportunity to gain clarity with their role in enacting the mission and vision of the College. I look forward to sharing with you, over the course of the year, ways in which our staff work towards developing best and next practices at the College to impact student outcomes.
As we begin a new year, we have some new faces joining the Mount Alvernia team. It is my pleasure to introduce the following new staff members to the College in 2019:
Mrs Kim Darragh – College Receptionist
Kim is a motivated and professional receptionist. With extensive experience and a high level of customer service, Kim has an energetic personality that is welcoming as the first port of call at the College. When not at the front desk, Kim also enjoys working out with her personal trainer and has a love of traveling overseas.
Mr Anthony Hooper – Mathematics Teacher
Tony joins Mount Alvernia from Central Queensland - Rockhampton. He has sixteen years’ experience as a Mathematics specialist.
Kirsty Jarrett – Risk and Compliance Officer
Kirsty joined Mount Alvernia in our newly created role of Risk and Compliance Officer. Her role is to ensure we continue to build on, maintain, and monitor our risk environment in a simple, effective, and accessible way. New to the education sector, Kirsty comes to us with a financial services background from some of Queensland’s largest insurers, banks, and superannuation companies, with broad leadership, technical, project, and risk management experience. When not at the College, Kirsty is balancing the needs of her busy young family and finding the time to relax with friends and family.
Dr Ellie Keane – Counsellor
Ellie is a familiar face at Mount Alvernia, having been at the College in a part-time capacity several years ago. She returns full-time with us as a Counsellor at the College, and you would have read all about Ellie in last week’s Parent Corner. It is great to have Ellie back at Mount Alvernia.
Mrs Justine Malinowski – Design and Home Economics Teacher
Justine Malinowski has a great passion for design and education. She has a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles Design from UTS and gained post-graduate qualification with a Master of Teaching in TAS from Sydney University. She has been teaching in New South Wales for the last twenty years, and Mount Alvernia College is her first appointment in a Queensland school. She is thrilled to be teaching the new QCE Design course in Year 11 as she will be able to share with her students her past experiences of working in the fashion and costume industry as well as teaching the New South Wales Design Technology syllabus. As a new teacher to Mount Alvernia, she hopes to demonstrate the possibilities of technology and design in the 21st century and inspire a new generation of caring, thinking, and intuitive designers and creators.
Mrs Victoria Nicolas – Learning Area Advisor: Mathematics
Victoria joins us as the Learning Area Advisor – Mathematics. She previously held the same role at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane. In addition, Victoria has held several middle and senior leadership roles during her time in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. Prior to this she taught in Sydney. Victoria’s goal is for the Mount Alvernia girls to look at maths questions and problems and say, “I can do this!”
Ms Tamara Richardson – Health & Physical Education and Science Teacher
Tamara is a passionate teacher of Health and Physical Education and Science. She is motivated to inspire all students to love physical activity, live a life of good health, and be fascinated by the world around them. She has extensive experience teaching in girls’ education, including roles as Head of HPE, Sports Coordinator, and most recently Middle School Curriculum Leader at Lourdes Hill College. Tamara has enjoyed many years of competitive sport, predominantly in netball, running, and triathlons. Her commitment to triathlons was rewarded with Australian representation, and podium finishes in 70.3/long course races and Cairns Ironman. Tamara begins at Mount Alvernia after maternity leave with her second son, and is excited to be part of the community where she hopes to inspire all her students to dream, believe, and succeed.
In addition, we welcome the following contract staff this term:
- Ms Lisa Kelly-Crawford – CORE studies, History, and English; and
- Miss Zara Carnes – Japanese.
I hope everyone has a good start to the year. I am excited by the opportunities 2019 brings, and look forward to catching up with many of you at our beginning-of-year functions over the coming weeks.