As we reach the end of 2020, as happens each year, we bid farewell to our teachers who are moving onto new opportunities and adventures.
At our staff lunch, we said goodbye to Lydia Quinnell, who has been a much-loved member of out mathematics faculty for a decade, and who this year has relieved as Head Teacher Mathematics. Huge congratulations to Lydia, because she has gained the Head Teacher Mathematics position at Prairiewood High School – a well-deserved promotion. Lydia’s contributions to not only maths education, but student wellbeing, and the executive team at Port Hacking, have been so highly valued over the years, and we will miss her calm and practical insights and innovative ideas. We wish Lydia all the very best on her new journey – our loss is Prairiewood’s gain! They are very lucky to have Lydia coming on board.
We also said a big thank you and farewell to Lynn Harvey, from our Industrial Arts faculty, whose expertise, particularly in computing, has been shared at Port Hacking for over twenty years. Lynn is taking leave, with the view to retirement. Lynn was our computing coordinator for many years, and she has made significant contributions to support teachers of computing studies across the state in her years at Port Hacking – she is extremely respected in her field. We wish Lynn a healthy and happy leave and retirement (though suspect that she might have some other computing projects up her sleeve in collaboration with a university).
Our temporary teachers are so important each year as they replace staff on leave, or fill temporary vacancies, and this year we are very grateful for the efforts of a number of temporary teachers from across the school.
From HSIE we farewell Riley Gemmell, who has been with us at Port Hacking for three years. Riley has been with us since he finished his studies in education, has supported students both in their learning and in student wellbeing as an Assistant Year Adviser, and now moves into a permanent position at St Pat’s at Sutherland. We also say goodbye to Christin Shea, who joined HSIE this year and has demonstrated such drive and enthusiasm for her teaching. Christin has gained a permanent position at Hills Sports High School.
From English, we farewell Monique Weir, who came to us from Engadine High this year, as we needed an experienced Advanced and Extension English teacher for the year, and who we congratulate as she transfers into a new permanent position at Lucas Heights High School. Jane Elshaw also joined the English team this year, has made a wonderful impact on the faculty and our students, and is now returning home to Queensland for her next adventure. We also farewell and thank Nick Cato, who stepped in this year, after doing his prac with us last year, and who will be working closer to home at James Cook Boys High next year, and Rebekah Silvidio, who, although trained as a French teacher, has done an amazing job in English this year. Rebekah is off to teach French at Gymea High next year, and they’re lucky to have her!
From Maths, we say goodbye to Grace Allen, who has been such a phenomenal young teacher with us this year, innovating and engaging our students. Grace has gained a permanent position at Cronulla High for 2021, so congratulations to Grace. We also farewell Amita Kumar and David Maher, who both stepped into the Maths faculty this year, worked tirelessly in the team, and supported our students’ learning through 2020.
From Science, congratulations to Andy Fu, who gained a permanent position at Peakhurst High School from next year, and to Kate Zhuang, who has also gained work at James Cook Boys High. Both of these young Science teachers have approached their teaching with dedication and passion, and a love of learning, and we will miss them at Port Hacking.
From CAPA, we say goodbye to Jarrod Walker, whose love and talent for music has made such an impact this year with our music students; and from PDHPE we farewell Blake Clarke, who has not only done a great job in PE, but has supported Year 9 as Assistant Year Adviser and as a valued student mentor.
We wish all of the staff who have served our students at Port Hacking a wonderful future and they take the next steps in their educational journeys.
Lisa Edwards – Deputy Principal