World Teachers Day 2020
World Teachers Day took place on Friday 30 October, to celebrate the bright profession of teaching. Teachers got into the groove by wearing funky sunglasses.
We chatted to some of our teachers about their roles and why they love teaching, while finding out what they love to do outside of their profession. Enjoy the read as you get to know some of our teachers who will continue to be a part of your children's, families' and communities' lives in the future:
Year 6 Lead Teacher – Mrs Rachel Blatch
Rachel started teaching Year 6 at Kings Reedy Creek in January 2017. She transferred to Pimpama in 2018 and was privileged to teach the first cohort of Year 6 students at our campus. In 2020, she was appointed as Lead Teacher of Year 6 students when the school transitioned from two to three classes.
Mrs Blatch says that she loves everything about teaching Year 6, “My happiest and most fun four years out of 15 years of teaching.
“The academic content is varied, engaging and challenging. Project Based Learning Culminating Events are always a highlight in which students exhibit learning to an authentic audience.
“Students demonstrate such immense growth from the beginning to the end of each year in preparation for High School. The Canberra Trip and Graduation Ceremony definitely make it a special year to teach too,” she said.
On a personal note, Mrs Blatch loves the outdoors; the beach is her happy place and she also loves hiking in the mountains.
A keen arts enthusiast, Mrs Blatch enjoys going to the theatre, whether it is a musical, ballet, opera, classical orchestra - whatever tickets she can get her hands on – she thoroughly enjoys every experience.
“I am very blessed to be part of such an amazing school - I never thought it was possible to enjoy work so much as I do until I started working at King's,” said Mrs Blatch.
Year 1 Teacher - Miss Courtney Beveridge
"The best part of my job is most certainly the kids. They teach me as much as I hope I teach them. Their big smiles and big hugs everyday make it a joy. My teaching team also makes everyday amazing," she said.
Her favourite thing to do outside of school is to hit the beach with her fiancé and friends, and go for long walks. Miss Beveridge is happy when she is surrounded by the people she loves makes any excuse to see people if food is involved too!
"I have spent a lot of time travelling and I love organising the next holiday. I’m getting married in December so I’m looking forward to planning some holidays with my future hubby."
Her favourite Bible verse is one she tries to centre her life around: “Let everything you do be done in love.” - 1 Corinthians 16:14
"I want to leave a mark of love and kindness on the world and I believe that, as Christians, this is one of our greatest mandates. What a privilege that I am able to practice this everyday with six year olds," said Miss Beveridge.
High School Teacher - Mr Christopher Kearney
"I started out as a primary school teacher which led to the role of Lead Teacher of Year 4 for many years. I transferred into High School the same year that the Year 7 students became a part of the high school campus," he said.
Since making the transition Mr Kearney has taught Geography, History, Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science. Soon after teaching in the High School, Mr Kearney was promoted to a Head of Year position and he has predominantly worked with the Year 7 students as they transition into High School.
When asked about the best aspects of his job, he cited hearing the comments students make as they depart the school via the tunnel on their last day of Year 12.
"Hearing students share with you the impact you had on them to excel in a particular subject, or that you are the reason they stayed at King's, or similar comments that could relate to events that go back as far as six years ago but are still in their memory, is the best part of my job," stated Mr Kearney.
When he is not teaching you can find Mr Kearney involved in one of his many passions, such as going to the gym, hiking along the beach, exploring the hinterland on his motorbike or serving on the production team in church.
Year 3 Teacher - Mrs Lisa Bracic
Mrs Bracic began her journey as part of the King’s family in February 2018. Due to the nature of circumstances at the time, she truly believes that God brought her here and she has never been happier in her teaching career, that spans nearly 18 years. She has enjoyed every moment of teaching Year 3 students during this time.
"The most amazing part about teaching at King’s," stated Mrs Bracic "is that I am so privileged to be able to teach the “best kids in the whole wide world”!
"I also get to work alongside such an amazing group of teachers who are not just skilled professionals, but incredibly genuine and supportive. These are the two most fundamental ingredients that make every part of my position here at King’s such an absolute blessing."
Mrs Bracic has always had a love of dancing. "I have danced since I was 3 years old, beginning with classical ballet, then moving on to learning jazz ballet and funk at primary school age, followed by hip hop dancing when I was in high school. I have really enjoyed performing to large numbers of people at venues such as the Brisbane Entertainment Centre."
As an adult, she has been lucky enough to teach dance to many students and has choreographed many school performances. "When I hear music, I’ve just got to dance! It is so good to have had the opportunity to be able to share my passion with so many people over the years; young and old," said Mrs Bracic enthusiastically.