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Unsung Heroes

News

17 September 2021

Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

I often write about the Scotch difference which manifests itself in the achievements and activities that our students enjoy during any given week. It is also easy to recognise the contribution of our teaching staff and the senior leadership because of their visibility. However, it is those behind the scenes that truly deserve our recognition and thanks.

As the term draws to a close, it is timely to remind ourselves that in this wonderful village it is the many moving parts that make the whole. Like a finely tuned swiss timepiece (well most of the time), we can seamlessly navigate the myriad of activities and events which create a dynamic campus life. I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce or reacquaint you with a handful of our wonderful Professional Services staff who to my mind make a significant contribution to our sense of placer and belonging.  

The Ligertwood Library sounds quite formal, but I can assure you the learning environment within is nothing short of inspiring. Louise Laurendi has been a librarian for over 10 years working on both campuses. When she was first appointed the Junior school library was in its final stages of a major refurbishment and it was an incredibly exciting time to work on a clean slate.

I was privileged to follow many of the students from the Junior Campus on their Scotch Journey when I was appointed to lead the TPC team. It is these relationships that have and continue to be the most rewarding part of my role.”  

Louise is joined in the library with Nikki Reid. A librarian from the UK she has now spent 3 years in the library at Scotch. I have found my position enjoyable and rewarding with the help of a great mentor.  

“I enjoy working with students who have a love for reading, but more importantly students who can be a little reluctant with reading.   Starting a book club of 10 students of all ages and abilities at the beginning the year has become an exciting very rewarding experience for me. The group is now 30 thirty students who have now become great readers!”

We also enjoy specialist support and unique talents and attributes which create an informed and inspiring work environment for staff and students alike. 

Tikari Rigney is our First Nations Coordinator and Visual Arts Assistant.

I am a Kaurna, Narrunga and Ngarrindjeri visual artist and poet. I have a passion for working with First Nations kids, celebrating culture and stories. I also get the opportunity to facilitate cultural responsivity in our community. The Reconciliation week assembly was nerve wracking for some but Tyler, Cheree, Delaney and Allen stood proud to be First Nations and represent our mob in the school community.” 

Dr Owen Osborne is the operations coordinator for the Science faculty for the last 5 years.

What I love about working at Scotch is that everyone is so happy to help and collaborate with each other, the sense of community is incredible. Some of my highlights so far have been assisting the year 11 winemaking program (including winning best wine made by a school at the wine show!) and as part of the Centenary day I absolutely loved presenting all my favourite science demonstrations for people who might not have engaged with science since they were at school!

Our campus administrators (sometimes known as mum!) are at the heart of all we do. Kerri Kumnick is in her 11th year at Scotch. 

I have the pleasure of engaging with the MS students on a daily basis (a medal to you! ed.),assisting them with any problems and often just having a chat. I am happy they feel connected to their school and feel confident they can share information about themselves to me, knowing they are respected and cared for. I enjoy connecting with our families and am grateful for the many positive relationships I have with both student and parents.

19 years of service as Secretary in the Senior School office also deserves a medal for the infallible Cathy Deans. Over this time Cathy has worked for 4 Deputy Principals and thousands of senior student ‘Scotchies’. Cathy notes that the role has changed dramatically, and the College has flourished during her time. 

“It’s wonderful to be part of a young vibrant community and seeing the students graduate from Scotch and wonder what the future holds for them. As I write the bagpipes are playing and the sun is shining, and I wouldn’t be anywhere else!”

Over the last 21 years our culinary king, chef Paul Wharram, has by my guestimate has likely catered for at least at least 20 000 people. Prior to Scotch he trained and worked all over world. 

“I get a lot of pleasure of giving back I volunteer my time to Scotch which includes weekends away with the Goose Island maintenance team and checking on Kyre (Paul is an avid scuba diver!).I also enjoy attending community events my favourites are the Blinman Community Dinner and the Boarders High Tea for me I find this an amazing event  witnessing our Year 12 boarders turn into outstanding young adults it also is a sad time for me knowing it possibly will be the last time I will see them. During my time at Scotch I have met a lot of amazing people, staff, boarding parents, Old Collegians and members of the Scotch community and have formed many strong friendships. I can truly say I do enjoy coming to work each day!”

I’ll leave the last word to Jenny Stratfold who joined the Development Office 14 years ago and loves it!  In 2011 Jenny moved into the role of Community Events Coordinator. 

“An amazing job, setting up various events from reunions, New Parents Dinners, P&F Picnics and One Table Fundraising luncheons.  Our Centenary Gala Dinner hosting 1300 guests was my all-time favourite event, such an elegant affair, celebrating 100 years in style. And in a very close second was being one of many who put together the Scotch 100 Festival, a community event complete with Ferris Wheel on No2 oval and historically dazzling light show, on Torrens Park House.” 

This year Jenny has also taken on the role of TPC Reception, meeting and greeting the many visitors we have at the College. “I am blessed to be part of a great organisation and the people in it are second to none!”

This is the final eNews for the term form me and I thought it important to share the love and show the gratitude to those who always tirelessly work behind the scenes and make this place great. 

Thank you to ALL our Professional Services staff. We hope that the each of you also enjoy the upcoming break as we ready for the final term.

Wishing you all TPC families a great weekend and hopefully the perfect weather continues to shine upon us.

Dale