Mr Matthew Qualischefski is our new Head of Campus, Middle and Senior Years. While he is new to the HoC role, he is definitely no stranger to Trinity having graduated from the college in 1998. We were fortunate enough to be able to do a quick Q&A with him despite the usual intense busyness at the start of the year. Hope you enoy learning a little more about him...
I have been a part of the Trinity community since 1994 when I started as a student. Since graduating in 1998, I have continued to be part of the community through the church congregation where my family worships, and when coming home on weekends or holidays I have attended with them. Trinity and the Gold Coast feel like home as I have spent an important part of my life as part of the community here and the connections I have with people here are so important.
I grew up the eldest son of two teachers, who also were both teachers at Trinity. Quite a few members of our extended family are teachers. I have one brother (Trinity, Class of 2002)
I studied to become a Music and Humanities teacher at the University of Queensland. I started teaching at Faith Lutheran College, Redlands where I became Curriculum Leader for Christian Studies. I then moved to Redeemer Lutheran College, Rochedale as Head of Middle Years English and Humanities. Following this I took up a role as the Foundation Middle School Coordinator at a new Lutheran school in Geelong. I spent 8 years at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosa as Head of Middle School, and then as Assistant to the Principal – Strategic Projects. In 2019 I was seconded to Redeemer Lutheran College, Biloela in the role of Deputy Principal.
Bringing extensive experience in Lutheran schooling, Middle schooling and educational leadership; I am well positioned to bring that experience and expertise to Trinity and help progress the College’s mission and vision. Working with people and helping them to achieve their best is one of the most noble jobs and we as teachers and leaders can do that every day.
School was lots of fun for me. I was (and still am) a
very social person, and the friendships and relationships formed during my school years were very influential and I am still connected with many of those people today.
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown… in fact everything she
writes is amazing… but this book in particular sums up what it is about humans
and how we interact; and brings it back to my central tenet – “relationships”.
My grandma told me to never take a chance with raw chicken. If in doubt, throw it out.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going
to the beach and travelling.
I have a very eclectic palate when it comes to music
appreciation. Perhaps my being a music teacher allows me to appreciate a lot of
different types; friends can find me listening to indie, pop, heavy, classical,
musicals, all sorts.
In 2014, while on long-service leave, I travelled around the world for 7 months; and while on that trip I walked 780 km along the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. This is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage through Spain. It was an incredible adventure walking everyday and using only whatever you could carry. I met so many amazing people while on the journey, had seven weeks of personal and spiritual reflection, and was able to spend time with my dad along the journey.
I think my best quality is that I view relationships
and connections with others as one of the most important things in the world.
Everything we do revolves around them and for me, respecting and valuing those
relationships is my focus.
I am excited about being part of an amazing learning
community and being part of the future opportunities that Trinity has planned.
The College’s current offerings and upcoming plans are very exciting, and I
look forward to leading the Ashmore Road campus through this time.
The amazing people I meet each day; students, parents,
staff and community.
Can I say uniforms? I think the pace of change and
willingness to change can sometimes be too slow as we hold on to models of
working and education that do not work for children today.
I am a National B Badge netball umpire, which means I can often be found, 3 or 4 nights of the week, running up and down a netball court somewhere around South East Queensland. I am currently training with the umpires and players at the Queensland Suns, the state men's and mixed teams who are going to Nationals in April. I must say, returning to training after the summer break has been difficult, but it is fantastic being back.
Hmm… tricky question… a director, renovator, or maybe
even an influencer.
I think being part of the leadership team at Geelong
Lutheran College, where we started a new school from scratch, in the middle of
farming land; and it grew very quickly and successfully into a vibrant learning
community where relationships flourished.
When people use “apart” incorrectly, instead of “a part.”
How to invest so I could have retired at 35.
Ich spreche Deutsch. (translated, I speak German)