For the next couple of weeks, after a great suggestion from a fellow student, I will be introducing the career stories of a couple of our well-known teachers, who will share a little about their journey to teaching and bless us with some advice.
From an early age we have all been asked, ‘What do you want to be when you go grow up?’ In Senior School, the question becomes heavier with subject selections, University Open Days, and course applications. With the ‘Futures Week’ program starting next week, we are again encouraged to think about our future options and start to make these big decisions. It can be a confusing and daunting time but it is good to remember the advice of our teachers - that is okay if we can’t answer the ‘future’ questions yet!
Mrs Mandy Calderwood, Year 11 Coordinator and Head of Drama:
“Back in the dim dark ages when I was at High school and the only Drama was the annual school production, I was in them all from Year 8. Playing Maria in The Sound of Music when I was in Year 10 and involvement in community theatre is what set me on a life-long love for Drama and Theatre.
I studied a Bachelor of Education at Rusden (now Deakin Uni) and dabbled in a bit of TV – a few Ads and extra spots on TV shows and some theatre in education. I initially wanted to be an actor but discovered that I had a love for working with young people and creating theatre with them and still do many years later.
I wish that I had known that it is okay not to see a career as ‘for life’ which it was when I was young. Today, young people have the opportunity to explore a myriad of possibilities and if you finish school not really knowing what you want to do with the rest of your life, then that is okay.
I think keeping options open is important and there are some subjects you need to do in order for that to happen (such as don’t give up Math if you think down the track you might like to be a teacher!) However, my advice to students is to do what you love- you are more likely to work hard and see value in what you do if it is something you have a passion for.”
Thank you so much Mrs Calderwood for your advice, especially your reassurance that our futures are not ‘fixed’! I wonder where we can find those ad’s that you were in......??
Have a great week.