7 Questions with Tania Hicks – Dean of Students Year 8

Why did you become a teacher?
A love of learning and a love of working with young people. It’s a privilege to be in a position to inspire young people to be their very best so they can make a positive difference in the world.

Who inspires you as a teacher?
My colleagues here at Santa Maria inspire me on a daily basis. It’s a blessing to come to school each day to work in a teaching community dedicated to excellence in every respect.

What part of the school year is most exciting to you?
The start of the school year is perhaps most exciting as it’s a time of new beginnings. Gathering in worship with the entire school community for our Opening Mass, in our beautiful grounds overlooking the Swan River, is always a special ‘Santa moment’ to treasure. Of course, the friendly House rivalry in our soccer and volleyball games are also a definite highlight in terms of excitement!

What other schools have you taught in?
Mandurah Senior High School was my first teaching appointment back in 1991, followed by Melville Senior High School. I really enjoyed and valued my experience in the WA government school system.

What is your favourite restaurant?
I actually don’t have a favourite restaurant! One of my favourite places to share a meal is by the river. Having a picnic tea with my family and watching the sun go down amidst the yachts on the Bicton foreshore is always very special. I really believe the simple things in life are the best.

What is something not many people know about you?
I wake up very early and enjoy some quiet time in the outdoors each morning…sunshine or rain.

Favourite quote?
The natural world is the refuge of the spirit; remote, static, richer than even human imagination. Edward O Wilson

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