Mrs Kate Catania (Year 7 Coordinator)
Kate teaches science and mathematics in our secondary school and joins Mr Andrew Lawrence in coordinating Year 7. Kate has recently completed her Master’s Degree in Education with Honours from the University of Melbourne. During her studies she was especially interested in the use of ICT in the classroom and how technology can enhance innovation in teaching. Kate has been able to apply this in her own teaching methods. We congratulate her on this achievement. Kate and Andrew will be leading our Year 7’s on their camp next week and we wish them all very well on the great adventure!
Mr Pete Griffiths (Outdoor Education Coordinator)
Pete originally trained as a draftsman and has worked professionally in the outdoors since 1985. He began his outdoor career by spending three years living and working at Ivanhoe Grammar’s camp ‘Charnwood’ in the Strathbogie Ranges before joining the Outdoor Activities Group (now the Outdoor Education Group) as Head of Aquatics and as a field staff member. At the same time he worked for Wildtrek as a raft guide in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and New Zealand, eventually moving to Hobart in 1990 to manage and develop Peregrine Adventures Tasmania. He has spent 14 seasons as a river guide on the Franklin River, and is the author of ‘The Ever Varying Flood’ a guidebook and history of the Franklin. Pete returned to Victoria and (re)joined the Outdoor Education Group in 1998 as Head of Outdoor Education at Billanook College (’98 to ’03), then Head of Outdoor Education at St Catherine’s School (’04-’05). He later worked as Director of Schools (Vic) and Director of Schools (NSW) and acted as CEO during 2008. Pete has since worked in Outdoor Education program development in more than 80 schools in Victoria, NSW, SA and the ACT, and brings this experience to Yarra Valley Grammar as Outdoor Education Coordinator charged with taking the school’s OE program into an even more productive future.
Last night we welcomed our new parents into the School with our annual new parents’ function in Foundation Hall. This is both an opportunity to meet new people and for them to learn more about the various Yarra Spirit groups.
Next Wednesday, Mr Hocking, Ms Gagan Aurora and I are off to China for a week to meet with our various agents in Beijing and Shanghai and to attend the student expos over there. The majority of our international students come from China and we enjoy very good working relationships with the agents as well as our partner school Pinghu High School. In my absence, Mr Chris Lawson will redecorate my office.
Dr Mark Merry