Wimmera friends launch teaching careers together

WIMMERA friends Maddy Schilling and Annie Brack started primary school together at Horsham Lutheran Primary School in 1996.

In 2003, they started high school together at St Brigid’s College in Horsham.

This year, they have begun another journey together – their teaching careers.

The friends are both first-year teachers at their old secondary school, along with Horsham’s Thomas Magee.

Former South Australian teacher Jeni Allen is the fourth member of the new staff.

Miss Brack said it was great to be back at her old school with a former classmate.

“It’s nice to have Maddy here,’’ she said.

“We were in the same year right until I went to boarding school.’’

Miss Brack said in the eight years since she left St Brigid’s there had been several changes.

She said she was enjoying getting to know the new staff and students at the school.

Fellow English teacher Miss Schilling said she loved being back at St Brigid’s.

“It’s really good,’’ she said.

“The school’s changed a bit since I was here five years ago.”

Miss Schilling said she had received much support from her new colleagues.

Ms Allen is teaching Italian and new subject Japanese at the school.

Previously she worked at St Francis de Sales College in Mt Barker and as a lecturer in Japanese and Italian at Adelaide and Flinders universities respectively.

She said she had enjoyed her first week at St Brigid’s.

Ms Allen, whose daughter also works in Horsham, said Wimmera life was growing on her.

Mr Magee said he was happy to be back in Horsham after studying in Ballarat.

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