On her time at Trinity

My association with Trinity College started back in 1987 when my first son joined in Year 4. I knew nothing about the school. Simon Katich’s mother told me that they were looking for boys to fill the Year 4 classes and after an interview in November, my eldest son Simon started the following year, so it all happened very quickly. My son Thomas later joined in 1990, followed by Matthew in 1994, with my daughter Claire joining Mercedes in later years.

In 1996 when the College Receptionist tripped on the stairs and hurt her back, someone was needed to fill in rather quickly for a couple of weeks. A phone call on a Thursday in January had me starting on the following Monday. Those two weeks have turned into 22 years. I didn’t actually have an employment contract for quite a few years as I was only filling in. After 12 years of not working, it was a bit of a shock to the system having to learn to use a computer with a mouse, trying to remember over 100 staff names and their positions — it was all very daunting. But the camaraderie in the office was wonderful, and I loved being part of the Trinity family. In those days we even had a tea lady that came around to your desk at 3pm with tea or coffee and biscuits.

Back then the enrolments were handled by the Principal’s Secretary who was also responsible for personell, so you can imagine how busy she was. At that time we had such long waiting lists for enrolments, and I felt that more attention needed to be given to this area. So a new role was created to specifically look after this, enabling me to give me full attention to enrolments. I was tucked away in a little office at the back of the Admin building, and the Principal at the time, the wonderful Mr Anthony Curtis, came in every day to say hello and see how things were going. The best part of the job was, and still is, meeting prospective families and showcasing what the College has to offer.

Her fondest memory

My most memorable time was when my son Matthew became Head Boy in 2002 (I had nothing to do with it!). Part of that role was organising the school ball, which was in the theme of the Great Gatsby. It just amazes me how everyone pulls together to complete such a mammoth task. The talent and effort put in by many parents was amazing, with Gibney Hall being transformed into another era, with a huge tent, water fountains, and gardens. Also memorable was watching some of the exciting football games between Trinity and Aquinas. I’m sure my husband Steve never missed a PSA game that our boys were playing. He drove them everywhere during the 15 years they were students.

2002 Great Gatsby Ball
On the changes she has seen happen at the College

22 years have flown by so quickly and I have seen many changes around the College, such as the installation of the Robotic Observatory and the 50m pool, the construction of the Cultural and Sports Centres and the transformation of the Administration block and many classrooms to accommodate the ever changing needs of the College. So many staff have come and gone, but there are still a handful of us that cannot see ourselves anywhere else. I now job share with Brooke so I have been able to cut down my days, to spend more time with my husband and grandchildren.

I feel blessed that my three sons had a Trinity education, and am very proud of the men they have become. I now look forward to watching my grandsons keep the Trinity Spirit alive.