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Getting to know our new Head of Campus (Middle and Senior Years), Mr Matthew Qualischefski

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...

What drew you to Trinity Lutheran College?

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.

Tell us a little about your background and family?

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)

Tell us about your professional background?

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.

What do you bring to Trinity from your previous experiences from a career perspective?

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.

How would you describe your own school-going self (what you were like at school)?

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.

What book inspires you and why?

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”.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My grandma told me to never take a chance with raw chicken. If in doubt, throw it out.

How do you relax / what do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the beach and travelling.

What is your favourite genre of music?

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.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

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.

What is your best quality?

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.

What are you most excited about, having joined Trinity?

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.

What do you like most about your profession?

The amazing people I meet each day; students, parents, staff and community.

What do you like least about your profession?

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.

What do you do for exercise?

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.

What is your favourite sport?


What would you be doing if you weren’t in the teaching profession?

Hmm… tricky question… a director, renovator, or maybe even an influencer.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

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.

What's your one biggest pet peeve?

When people use “apart” incorrectly, instead of “a part.”

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

How to invest so I could have retired at 35.

What is one thing people would be suprised to know about you?

Ich spreche Deutsch. (translated, I speak German)


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