L - R: Barbara Differding, Dianne Manning, Tony Truono, Dianne King, Sue Bickerstaff
It was the end of an era when our Library Manager Barbara Differding announced her retirement after 25 years at Strathmore Secondary College. We will miss her warm and friendly nature and her dedication to providing quality information service to staff and students. We would like to thank Barbara for her years of service, and wish her all the best for the future. Moving into retirement will hopefully bring opportunities to relax and enjoy more time with family and friends.
Written by Aneta Curcija & Wendy Moyle
From her first day in 1973 until her last in 2015, Strathmore students and the whole Strathmore community has benefited from Dianne Manning’s presence. Her passion and knowledge of History has been contagious and engaging to countless students, and her manner both in and out of the classroom as a mentor and a role-model has made her one of the stalwarts and figureheads of the College. To have been a member of Dunlop during the past 24 years means to have been privileged to have had Dianne Manning as an inspirational leader and educator.
Her dedication to her Dunlop students has been above and beyond. Under her rule, the Dunlop office always had an open-door policy and the students had a place where they felt welcomed, respected and at home. She has been an integral part of our school, supporting and guiding thousands of students in the right direction to become better people. From the many adventures on the Central Australia and Canberra camps, the countless orientation camps, the Dunlop Cups, McDonalds’ breakfasts, movie nights, Weary Dunlop excursions and many more, Dianne spent untold hours ensuring her students received valuable and varied life experiences while fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation of others. She understood her students and let them be who they needed to be. She knows them and they have in turn trusted and respected her. You only have to speak to any current or past Dunlop student, as I have to many recently, and the sentiment is always the same “Once Dunlop, always Dunlop” as we all share the passion and camaraderie she has instilled in us.
Dianne is a devoted educational leader and invested much of her time in helping to develop the teaching practice of her work colleagues. She mentored numerous staff in both curriculum and student welfare and the knowledge she passed on has been invaluable. Her active participation in the Union also demonstrated her dedication and passion for staff wellbeing.
The staff, students and community of Strathmore Secondary College cannot thank you enough Ms Manning, for everything you have done for us.
Written by Donna O’Shea
Anthony Truono came to Strathmore in February 1988. He left the school, and his profession, last year. What happened in the interim years is a tale of wonder, story-telling, life-learning, all wrapped up in the envelope of information delivery and formal education, for the man who made it happen, and just as importantly, for all the students who knew that man as (affectionately) “Mr T”, Mr Truono or Sir. He took his obligations to your daughters and sons seriously, but managed to deliver what needed to be delivered in a most profound form. He entertained. He made his classes fun. He cleverly disguised “learning” into a most palatable and easily digested form. Above all else, he was a good teacher, and in a profession like ours, there is no higher compliment. With his departure, the school has lost a valuable asset. His years of experience cannot easily be substituted. His knowledge of the subjects he taught likewise. His breadth of contribution to the school in the varied roles he willingly undertook, represents formidable acumen in what he did so well. The expertise it represents is irreplaceable—but now must be so. Fare thee well Anthony.
Written by Paul Shevchuk
Dianne King was a well-known and loved personality in the school. She has for the last 10 years looked after the grade 6 students and their parents as the College Enrolment Officer. Many families have appreciated her care and guidance during the enrolment process. Before she came to work at Strathmore, Dianne was Charge’ d’affaire at the Vatican, Australia’s diplomatic representative to Pope John. Her diplomatic skills were put to excellent use in her role at the school. Her school tours for new parents were highly informative and entertaining. She spent many hours on the phone, talking to parents, encouraging, sympathising, and helping them through the enrolment process. You cannot talk about Dianne without mentioning her love of music, she was even known to sing a PA announcement. In addition, she has a great sense of humour. One lunchtime on the PA she went through the contents of a lunch box a parent had dropped off for their child and threatened to eat it if they didn’t come to the office to pick it up. We are very appreciative of Dianne’s contribution to the families and staff over her 10 years at the college.
Written by Carolyn Hamond
Sue Bickerstaff, affectionately called Sue by all the students, has looked after students and staff in her role as First Aid person for over 15 years. Sue’s nursing background in infectious disease and aged care was very appropriate for the school setting with the myriad of illnesses, accidents, complaints, real and imagined that students have. The school has really appreciated Sue’s dedication to her work and her care of the hundreds of students that have passed through sick bay. Sue was always very calm in a crisis, very caring, cheerful and always helpful. Many parents appreciated her care and professionalism when looking after their children and keeping them informed. Her interest and love for the students also extended to her volunteering to assist with sewing costumes for the college productions. Sue has made a great contribution to the school over 15 years in First aid and Administration and we have greatly appreciated her work and care of the school community.
Written by Carolyn Hamond