In a career spanning more than 35 years as an educator and leader in Queensland schools, Kay Herse says there have been many memorable moments. But the ones that stand out are those revolving around the growth and achievement of individual students or school communities coming together during times of celebration or sadness, reports The Good Oil.
Kay also names as career highlights the experiences of personal growth when she has moved into positions of additional responsibility, such as principal, or in her current role as Executive Officer of Good Samaritan Education, the new ecclesial entity established to oversee the canonical governance of the ten Good Samaritan colleges.
“These have involved meeting increasing challenges in the delivery of high quality, modern education to students through working at various levels of management and governance,” she says.
Kay fervently believes in the power of education to transform individuals and communities. For her, education opens up the individual to personal growth, to understanding of others and to knowledge of the world.
“It enables the person to engage with the mysteries of life, to ask the questions that need asking about the way things are and, as a result, to contribute to the building of a more just, compassionate and peaceful world,” she explains.
“To be part of that journey with students is a great privilege.”
As a principal, Kay says she was often “humbled by the efforts” that some families made for their daughters to acquire an education. She remembers particularly a young Indigenous girl from a remote community in North Queensland who boarded for Years 11 and 12.
“There was great celebration upon her graduation, both by her family and by the community, as she was the first girl to achieve this goal from that community. She and they were aware that she had opened the minds of other girls to the possibility that they could also finish Year 12 and obtain the employment prospects that would bring.”
FULL STORY A passionate believer in the powewr of education (The Good Oil)