Five Minutes with Julie Schubert – Head of Physical Education

What inspires you as a teacher?

Our students are what inspire me! I am inspired to do the work that we do to try and get the best out of our students, in whatever context (classroom, House, sporting field etc) that may be.

What part of the school year is most exciting for you?

I think this would have to be seeing the achievements of our students, whether they improve their own personal best or whether the team has an outstanding result, after the training and build-up of a season where they have committed to many sessions in preparation. In particular this year, the IGSSA Athletics was a highlight and we set big goals as a team. It was such a close and nail biting result (coming second by just 9 points) and now we have the anticipation of waiting another year before trying again.

What other schools have your taught at?

I have spent most of my teaching career at Santa Maria College and have been fortunate to work in a number of varying roles over the years, including Head of Sport, Head of Year, Head of Health & Physical Education and I spent a year in the Community Relations Department after time away on Parental Leave. I also took a year of leave in 2006 to travel and spent some time teaching and coaching at The American School of The Hague in The Netherlands.

What is your favourite sport?

I was involved in a variety of sports growing up, such as netball, basketball, Little Athletics, hockey, cycling and triathlon. However, my favourite sport has always been athletics, in particular, sprint events, which I continued to race in until I started having my children a few years ago. I also joined a Surf Club and competed in beach sprints, flags and beach relays; something I have continued to be involved in at North Cottesloe SLSC.

What is something not many people know about you?

While most of my competitors started with Nippers, I only started competing in Surf Life Saving in my 20s as there was no local club (at the time) where I grew up in Mandurah. I then spent the next 10 years or so competing at various State/National/World Championships for Cottesloe and then North Cottesloe SLSC. It’s never too late to start something new!

How do you relax?

I relax a few ways….by spending time with my family and playing with my two young kids, going for a run, cooking/baking and I also enjoy some down time on the couch with some tv or a book.

Favourite quote?

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. Author unknown

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