I began my teaching career as a mature graduate, having previously worked for ten years as a clinical dietitian at both the Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals. One of the aspects of dietetics I particularly enjoyed was the opportunity to work with universities as a guest lecturer to students undertaking tertiary studies in nursing, medical and dietetics. Whilst on maternity leave with my second child, I completed my bachelor of teaching and soon realised that education was my passion. I decided to make a career change. I accepted my ﬁrst position at Westbourne Grammar in 2000 as a graduate, teaching Science, Chemistry and Biology. The following year, Westbourne introduced its current House system and I was appointed Deputy Head of Strathmore and then in 2003, Head of Pascoe. I left Westbourne in 2006 to be Head of Middle Years at Clonard College Geelong but missed the Westbourne community desperately. I jumped at the chance to return to Westbourne at the start of 2008 and shared leadership of the
Senior School with Jim Mitchell until he retired in 2012. The educational landscape has changed dramatically since 2000 and Westbourne has developed to accommodate this shift. Schools are no longer just a place for education but now focus on development of the whole child socially, emotionally and academically. We need to prepare students to be equipped for the challenges of the world outside secondary school. The introduction of the House system, the recent addition of Deputy Heads of House and the adoption of restorative practice have been the biggest drivers to the cultural shift that has occurred during my years at Westbourne. I am immensely proud of our community’s reputation and its unique cultural diversity. In a world where many young people are labelled materialist and self-absorbed, I know that Westbourne students remain grounded and aware of their responsibilities as local and global citizens.
and especially the median scores at Year 12, underline the relentless focus on learning. Our teachers are continually looking for new and creative ways to present curriculum and showcase our very talented students. I am very excited about the next step in my career as a Learning Coach. This new role, which I will share with Rob Utting, will allow me to explore my passion for teaching. We will be working to reﬁne the skills of our teachers in the classroom and enhance learning for our students. As with all stages of my career to date I look forward to the new challenges this role will present and I know that I am leaving the leadership of the Senior School in very capable hands.
Louise Mahony Head of Senior School
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