What do you teach?

This is my fourth year teaching at Trinity. I teach in the College Library running the Middle School Reading program and helping to keep the Library a vibrant and contemporary space for the Trinity students. In addition to this, I am teaching Year 7 Visual Arts - Media this year and I am also involved with the Year 9 Becoming Men program.

Ms Mackenzie and students sorting rubbish

As well as teaching, I am also heavily involved in the TCEC. This focus for this group of students and staff is to help push the College along the path of sustainability and looking after our common home. We have been successful in introducing plastic recycling; continuing with paper and cardboard collections for recycling; the introduction of the Trinity College Keep Cup; and the big push of 2019, introducing compostable packaging in the College canteen. The group of students and staff who work with the TCEC are passionate and dedicated and are making many important differences around the College. It’s a really great group to be a part of! 

 

What are you most looking forward to in the 2019 school year?

I am really looking forward to the Antipodeans Service Expedition to Northern Thailand and Laos at the end of this year with a group of Year 10 students - I know this will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved. I am also really excited by the increasing number of sustainability initiatives taking place within the College community. 

Ms Mackenzie with Year 10 students at Antipodeans training day

Can you describe one of your favourite teaching moments at Trinity?

I have had many great moments at the College - too many to choose a favourite! What I can say is, that, my favourite thing at Trinity is the constant energy and humour of the boys. They can almost always make me laugh and definitely keep me entertained.

 

What inspired you to be a teacher?

My inspiration for becoming a teacher was my own experiences at school and having a number of exceptional teachers - particularly my Year (Primary) 7 teacher in Scotland. I have a passion for learning and still love learning 'new stuff' - this is what I hope to pass on to students. I actually began life as a Primary School teacher in Scotland and have had a wide variety of positions in Scotland and Australia before settling on my current role.

Outside of teaching, what are your hobbies/what do you most like doing?

Outside of school one of my main hobbies is playing soccer - I play for one of the women's teams at a local club. I also love to travel and explore as many places as possible, so if I am not on holiday, I am usually planning the next adventure! Of course, I love to relax with a good book in my hands!