A very warm welcome back to all Urban School staff who return this week. I hope you enjoyed a re-energising break and that your family and loved ones are safe from the fires. My thanks to those who powered through the summer, helping ensure the smooth running of the school. I was reassured knowing we were in good hands over the break.
This week offers a great opportunity for the whole team to reconvene and prepare for the year ahead before our students return at the start of February. We have new staff commencing this week, including our new Associate Dean, Sophie Fenton. It’s an exciting time and I know it is going to be a great year!
New staff in the Urban School
As well as Sophie and Gen, who I introduced in a previous post, I am delighted to welcome the first of our MTP graduates to the teaching team of the Urban School. Randall Chirng completed the Master of Teaching Practice (Secondary Education) in 2019; many of you will remember his enthusiasm and dedication when he was on placement in the Urban School. Randall trained in Malaysia originally as an engineer and later as a teacher before moving to Melbourne. Randall will join the STEM discipline team and will be mentored by Meryl.
I am also delighted that we have secured Ellie St George on a contract. Ellie has been with us as a sessional staff member since 2018, teaching Media, Art and Studio Arts. She has been a a wonderful colleague and a committed teacher of the highest calibre. As one of her students commented in the last CES round, “Ellie is the best teacher on the planet”! Ellie, it is great to have you with us in your new capacity.
A staff departure
After two years as our Lab Technician, I am sorry that Bill Theodoropoulos is leaving the Urban School. Bill joined the School in February 2018 bringing considerable skill and experience to the establishment of our STEM lab and a strong commitment to education. With multiple skills, Bill has contributed across the Urban School in b.108, helping with many practical tasks, from putting our values decals on the wall at just the right height to procuring and assembling a bookshelf for our art books. Always seeking to update his qualifications, while with us Bill added the Grad. Cert. in Careers (Education & Development) string to his bow. All Bill’s skill and experience have made him attractive to schools and I am not surprised that he has been snapped up by two secondary schools. We wish him all the very best for the next phase of his career. Bill’s last day with us will be January 28.