Moira West

29Moira_WestDirector of Staff Formation and Development

Sacred Heart College Kyneton has welcomed Moira and she believes they have certainly embraced the Mercy value of Hospitality. Interestingly she began her secondary education at another Sacred Heart College – in Shepparton, which was also a Mercy school. Moira said “It feels like I have come home”.

Prior to this year, Moira worked in a variety of schools, both mainstream and alternative, predominantly in student wellbeing. For the last eight years, she worked at Kolbe Catholic College, starting in their second year of operation. She has taught a variety of subjects; Physical Education in her earlier years and then moved into Religious Education, English and Humanities.

Moira strongly believes that successful outcomes for students relies on their wellbeing and that of staff. The positive education approach adopted by Sacred Heart College drew her to the school and as the Director of Staff Formation and Development she is looking forward to working with the staff in identifying their strengths and building on them to make them more accomplished and flourishing teachers. This, in turn, will flow on to the students resulting in improved outcomes.

Moira’s educational philosophy is simple “In truth I tell you, in as far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Matthew). Every person has the right to human dignity, not least of all our children, who have a limited voice. In all we do as educators, this needs to be the core.