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Getting to know our New Head of Wellbeing for Years 6-12

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...

Tell us a little about your background and family?

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.

What is your professional background?

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.

What drew you to Trinity Lutheran College?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What book inspires you and why?

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.

Who has been your biggest influence?

My parents and my wife. Great role models for me.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

When thinking about the future and what to do after school, pursue your strengths and passions.

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

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.

What is your favourite music?

Favourite band of all time is The Talking Heads, but I love a variety of music across all genres. Even the occasional K-pop.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

I have skydived and scuba-dived, but I think packing up our family and moving overseas for many years was the most adventurous.

What is your best quality?


What are you most excited about, having joined Trinity?

Becoming part of the Trinity family and meeting a lot of new people.

What do you like most about your profession?

Helping people.

What do you like least about your profession?


What do you do for exercise?

Cycling, swimming, jogging, gardening.

What is your favourite sport?

Snowboarding – unfortunately I don’t get to do it often enough and it’s getting harder the older I get.

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

A very long time ago I was in the Queensland Police Force, so perhaps I would still be a Police Officer.

What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

My children. They are kind, caring and thoughtful towards others.

What's your one biggest pet peeve?

People who show disrespect to their surroundings or towards other people.

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

It’s easier to maintain your fitness than it is to get it back once you let it go.

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

I had my appendix removed 50 years ago.

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