We have been blessed with a number of wonderful and highly qualified new members of staff on both our Junior and Senior campuses including Mr Ian Horchner, our new Head of Wellbeing for Years 6-12. Hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about him through our recent Q&A...
I am married and I have two children aged 13 and 15. I grew up in Brisbane but have lived on the Gold Coast for many years but also spent nearly 14 years working in Singapore at an International School.
I have been in education since 1997 and have held many different teaching and administration roles, including Deputy Principal at Trinity Middle School, Dean of students at Trinity and Elementary Principal at Overseas Family School in Singapore.
Originally, I had a number of friends with children attending Trinity. They always spoke highly of the College, the staff, the students and sense of community. I was interested in becoming part of that. Having worked at TLC before I was very interested in re-joining the school this year.
Having two teenage children of my own I have first-hand experience of the pressures they can sometimes find themselves under. My various professional roles have given me great experience in working with students to help guide them in a positive way as they face the challenges at school and at home.
I still have my report cards and the consistent theme was that I was talkative in class. That hasn’t changed much as I do like to chat. I was very sporty at school and always imagined myself as a PE Teacher.
Guinness Book of Records. It inspires me because it shows the extraordinary feats people can achieve when they show dedication and work hard to reach a goal.
My parents and my wife. Great role models for me.
When thinking about the future and what to do after school, pursue your strengths and passions.
I am a collector and restorer. Including stickers from when I was at school, video games and hand-held consoles, 1980s BMX bikes, pinball machines. I love the nostalgia. I have also been restoring a 1965 MGB roadster.
Favourite band of all time is The Talking Heads, but I love a variety of music across all genres. Even the occasional K-pop.
I have skydived and scuba-dived, but I think packing up our family and moving overseas for many years was the most adventurous.
Becoming part of the Trinity family and meeting a lot of new people.
Snowboarding – unfortunately I don’t get to do it often enough and it’s getting harder the older I get.
A very long time ago I was in the Queensland Police Force, so perhaps I would still be a Police Officer.
My children. They are kind, caring and thoughtful towards others.
People who show disrespect to their surroundings or towards other people.
It’s easier to maintain your fitness than it is to get it back once you let it go.
I had my appendix removed 50 years ago.