Dear Parents, Staff and Friends of Trinity,
As this is my final opportunity to write for the college newsletter, I thought it would be appropriate to write an old fashioned, pre email and pre social media, letter to you all!
I commenced my association with Trinity in 1996 when I was appointed Junior Primary Coordinator in the Primary School with the responsibility for Years Prep to 3. Prior to that I had been Director of the Early Education Centre at TSS for 7 years. After 5 years at Trinity, I had a short break of 18 months during which I was Dean of Admissions and Community Relations at Somerset College from 2001 to 2002.
As much as I enjoyed the new career opportunities at Somerset, something about the Trinity community beckoned me back and before I knew it, in late 2002, I was appointed the inaugural Head of the new Middle School at Trinity which was to be located on the Ashmore Road campus.
The amalgamation of the Primary school on Cotlew Street (Years Prep to 7) and the Years 8 to 12 ‘college ‘ on Ashmore Road, plus the development of a dedicated middle school for young adolescents (Years 6 to 9), meant that Trinity Lutheran College was now a P-12 college on two campuses.
There were many challenges as staff, parents and students worked together across the two campuses to build on the sense of community which was well established by the founding Mackenzie, Strohmeyer and Stephan families, as well as the valuable contribution of Robert Hoff, Jeff Minge and Peter Eckermann, principals of the primary and secondary schools, prior to amalgamation. As the Chair of the Amalgamation / Future Planning Committee and inaugural Head of the College P-12, Mrs Ann Mitchell played a very significant role in the development of the P-12 College and I thank her for her leadership from 2002 - 2013.
The congregation and Pastors of Trinity Lutheran Church in Southport and our church on campus, Living Word, have played a very significant role in assisting Trinity students and their families to appreciate the Lutheran tradition and its contribution to education on the Gold Coast over 35 years.
In 2012, I took on the added responsibility of Head of Middle and Senior Years at Trinity Lutheran College and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with students, parents and staff from Year 6 to Year 12 over the past 5 years. I sincerely thank my colleagues and members of the executive team for their vision, support and professional expertise.
After 41 years in the teaching profession, I am very proud to say that the highlight of my career has been working with the staff, students and parents of Trinity. I have always felt appreciated, affirmed and supported by you all and I believe that Trinity will always be a school of choice for families who want a truly caring Christian environment for their children with staff who are prepared to go the extra mile. I wish you and your families every happiness and God’s continuing love and support into the future.
‘It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I would much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.’ Ernie Harwell
Every blessing to you all,
Mrs Carrie Allwood
Head of Campus, Middle & Senior Years