‘I love working with children’: Having a part in teaching future generations is a privilege
30 Sep 2022
School principal at St Monica’s Primary Richmond
What is a typical work day like for you?
School days are always changing. Typically I start each day greeting students and families at the front gate. I check in with staff, spend time in the classrooms, speak with parents and community members, and liaise with our parish priest. I also work closely with our office staff to ensure the school has what it needs.
What first sparked your interest in this area?
This is my third year as principal of St Monica’s and I have been in leadership for more than 20 years. I always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. As I grew as a teacher I wanted to continue to make a difference which led to applying for leadership positions and completing my Masters of Educational Leadership.
What do you like most about the job?
I love working with children. They always give me hope for a bright future for the world as they grow, change and embrace new ideas, and passionately speak and act about issues that concern them. To have a part in teaching future generations is such a privilege.
What was the most unexpected thing you have had to do in your job?
There have been many things over the years that my initial training did not cover. One of the most unexpected was having to check that the baby brown snake spotted near the children’s bags had not slithered into one before we sent them home. Luckily, it hadn’t!
What is the worst thing you have had to do?
Sadly, I have had to comfort students after the loss of a classmate in a car accident. School becomes part of our wider family and when the community is hurting we are too. At these times, our faith is our greatest strength, and we pull together to support each other.
What challenges have you faced during the pandemic?
The greatest challenge during online learning was communication. We had to ensure the great bond between the students and their teachers was maintained and that families were supported. Another challenge was to make the work at home engaging and to provide feedback. Our teachers worked incredibly hard during this time and the positive feedback from our community kept us going.
How transferable are your skills?
I have continued to use and improve my skills in communication, project management, budgeting, site maintenance, staff management and negotiation. The necessary skills are wide and varied and could be used in a number of different roles.
What skills and personal skills do people need in teaching?
You need to be able to empathise, actively listen and have a desire to help others learn. This also requires patience, resilience and determination. Collaboration with colleagues is key as is a desire to not only teach others but to continue to learn yourself. A good sense of humour also helps as working with children is complex, fun and always different.
01 Dec 2022
Just another day at school. CEDP Media and Mindaroo… later today Channel 7! St Monica’s students sharing their experiences and learning about the natural disasters that impact the Hawkesbury .. our home! On the way to PULSE FM …
30 Nov 2022
Congratulations to the fabulous Stage 3 band on their entertaining performance today! The CEDP Captivate team have worked with our students weekly and students take home their instrument and practice between lessons. Their hard work paid off and today we were grooving listening to them 👏👏👏👏
25 Nov 2022
What an exciting week at St Monica’s! Motiv8 team building for our 2023 Stage 3, Motiv8 Big Afternoon for Year 6, our gardeners were busy planting natives plants, Year 2 and 3 had a ‘Minute To Win It’ and Stage 3 practised as a Stage 3 band! More photos to come ….
23 Nov 2022
Have you heard? Ambrose will be on-site in 2023! Are you interested in casual care? You can enrol with no enrolment fee and use it when needed without being locked in! Enrol now… https://prodadmin.myxplor.com/enrollment_v2/centre/oqghcSRbjBRtGzngDPrJBg
19 Nov 2022
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Breaking news…. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Our shot putting superstar Harrison represented NSW in the National Athletics Championships in Brisbane. He threw ANOTHER personal best and came 7th!!!!! What an absolutely amazing achievement! Congratulations Harrison… we at St Monica’s along with the rest of NSW are absolutely proud of you 👏👏👏 Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
19 Nov 2022
Our final orientation for Kindergarten 2023 and their grown ups! A busy morning in the classroom for our soon to be students while their grown ups did some learning too… Numeracy with Mrs Bond, Literacy with Mrs Beggs and some helpful tips from our school counsellor Nina Mather. Thank you to the mums from our current Kinder who came to share their wisdom about starting school and to our Stage 2 buddies who were a kind and familiar face of support for our 2023 Kinders. We look forward to an exciting new year!
17 Nov 2022
Did you know St Monica’s is on Insta? Follow our page and keep up to date with the latest from our school community! https://instagram.com/stmonicasrichmond?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
16 Nov 2022
Today we celebrated the contribution of Executive Director Greg Whitby to Catholic education and in particular the Parramatta diocese. Mrs Beggs and Mrs Bond accompanied our School Captains Patrick, Anika, Max and Alex to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta for a traditional smoking ceremony followed by a Thanksgiving mass. It was very special to gather with other school and system leaders and representatives from throughout the diocese for this occasion.
11 Nov 2022
Today we celebrated School Counsellor Recognition Day. We are blessed to have our school counsellor Nina Mather who works closely with staff, students and families. Nina loves a chat so when you see her around.. be sure to say hi!
09 Nov 2022
Today our fabulous organisers of the 'FLAA' (Fun Lunchtime Art Activities) held their second session in the library. Students have been creating artworks, colouring, learning origami and trialling different drawing techniques. The 'FLAA' is open to all students each Wednesday and Friday lunchtime. Congratulations Hope, Aurora, Abigael and Tasha for a super idea and working so hard to make it a reality for everyone to enjoy.
09 Nov 2022
AMBROSE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE 2023 - Please see updated flyer. All enrolment enquires can be made directly to the AMBROSE team. St Monica’s school supervision in 2023 will begin at 8.20am.