Hello I’m Kathryn O’Beirne and my teaching area is Physical Education and middle school classroom teacher, grades three to five.
My qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education). I have been teaching for 21 years, mostly as a Physical Education teacher. The past five years I have taught at Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School as both a PE teacher and classroom teacher.
Describe your approach to teaching and learning: I believe it is important to provide a positive and safe learning environment that integrates knowledge and skill acquisition with growth in personal development and improvement in wellbeing. Students’ should be stimulated by their interests and encouraged by their strengths. As the Physical Education teacher I will provide a program which encourages children to participate in physical activity, promotes a lifetime of active living and develops physical, social and emotional health. Students will develop a sense of self, build confidence and improve their resilience.
What is the best part of being a teacher? The best part about being a teacher for me is forming close relationships with students and making a positive contribution to their learning journey and individual growth.
Why did you want to join the team at Holy Trinity? It is a great opportunity to be involved in the establishment of a new school, an experience I’ve had in the past as a parent. Also having a lot of experience in the Catholic education system as a student, teacher and parent, I am attracted to the special environment a faith community provides.
What are you looking forward to about teaching in a brand new school? I see it as a wonderful opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues, parents and community members to establish a fresh and unique learning environment with a strong sense of community, belonging and connectedness.
Tell us about yourself. Your passions, your journey to this point, goals. I grew up in a small town near Ballarat, where I lived until I completed my university degree. After that I taught in various schools around Victoria and spent about a year teaching and travelling in the United Kingdom and Europe. Despite short times away from teaching to travel and have my children, I have maintained a passion for teaching, particularly in the area of Physical Education. My aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle and motivate students to engage in a lifetime of physical activity.
What are you interests outside of school life? Foremost, my children. I enjoy coaching and managing my teenage daughter’s netball and basketball teams and share a love of Aussie Rules Football with my young son. Next year I will continue in the role as Auskick Co-Ordinator at our local centre. I keep fit by attending gym classes, running and playing netball and squeeze in a hit of tennis or golf when I can. I also love to travel.