Staff Focus - Sue Kirke, Deputy Head of Primary - Halls Head

School News Wednesday, 17 Aug 2022

This week's profile is on Sue Kirke, Deputy Head of Primary - Halls Head who has been part of the Frederick Irwin family for over 30 years!

Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I wanted to make a positive difference in the learning and hence the lives of children.

I love being a teacher and am very happy that I moved into a career in education. I also love the professionalism and collegiality of working with other teachers.

How long have you been part of the FIAS family?
For 30 years now! My eldest son, Darren, started at FIAS 30 years ago in 1992 in Pre-Primary (there was no Kindy then) and my other two sons, Travis and Ryan, started in 1994 and 1997!

What are some of your favourite memories here?
Getting to know lots of families when we started at the school and were part of the P&F – we held a fete, a Gordon Ball, and a Quiz night amongst other events, which were all lots of fun.

Every Friday afternoon in the original Primary school off Gordon Rd, myself and other parents came early to pick our children up and I loved being part of the sing-a-long where the whole community came together for the last half hour of the school week to sing songs.

As the Year 6 teacher I also organised the first Canberra Tour in 2018. Taking so many students on a plane for the first time and doing such amazing activities in Canberra was an awesome and unforgettable experience.

Moving to the Halls Head campus and being part of starting up a new school was a real privilege. Halls Head campus reminds me a lot of the original campus at Meadow Springs. There are about the same number of students (170) as when Frederick Irwin Anglican Community School first started and we all know each other.