Excitement as new faces join campus

WELCOME: New Whyalla High School staff members have been welcomed to the school including ten new teachers and two SSOs.
WELCOME: New Whyalla High School staff members have been welcomed to the school including ten new teachers and two SSOs.

It has been an exciting start to the new school year at Whyalla High School.

There has been a change in leadership with Jenna Hewlett now principal and Dianna Pickert as deputy principal.

This year Whyalla High School welcomes ten new teachers and two SSOs to their team.

Steve Storic is a well-known Whyalla local who joins the SSO team. Steve will be working with a range of students putting his fitness knowledge, passion and expertise to use.

Joyce Kloosterman joins the administration SSO team as the front office receptionist. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in administration duties and is looking forward to the fast paced environment at Whyalla High.

Ashleigh Mayne is a local girl returning after working in Adelaide schools for the past three years. Ashleigh will be teaching year 8 English and Humanities and Social Sciences.

Matt McLachlan and Ben van der Loos are year 8 Maths and Science teachers. Matt has moved from Port Lincoln and Ben from Coober Pedy.

Ben will also be teaching some year 8 STEM with a focus on digital technology and programming. "I have a great passion for digital tech and helping all students with their learning".

Matt is originally from Yeelanna in the Cummins area. He has taught for four years and is an avid sports man looking forward to playing footy.

Tom Zou and Adeline Wong are also new to Whyalla. They will both be taking year 9 Maths and Science. Tom has recently published his own novel titled The Lost Continent.

Adeline has enthusiastically made the move from Adelaide to Whyalla.

Alex McNeish, Blake Harding and Rose Lee are new graduate teachers who are excited about their move to Whyalla.

They are all teaching year 10, Alex is English and Humanities and Social Sciences, whilst Blake and Rose will be teaching Mathematics and Science. Rose is originally from Streaky Bay and has relocated here from Adelaide after university.

"I am looking forward to beginning my teaching career at Whyalla High," she said.

Courtney Searle is looking forward to taking on a range of Arts subjects including visual art, performing arts and photography.

She will also teach some Humanities and Social Sciences and Wellbeing lessons. Courtney has moved to Whyalla from the Riverland.

"I'm really looking forward to teaching in the middle years and teaching the Arts, which are both real passions of mine," Courtney said.

Bethany Hodgkinson is another local returning to Whyalla after working in Adelaide for four years. Bethany used to attend Whyalla High as a student.

She is looking forward to taking the home economics, child studies and textiles classes across all year levels.

"I've found it interesting being back at the school as a teacher rather than a student and seeing all of the changes," Bethany said.