Mark Dunn, Master of the Junior School
Teachers provide the foundations on which our society is built, through the education they provide, and the skills they develop in our children. It is well documented that highly effective teaching improves student outcomes. More than this, teachers have a marked impact on a child’s enthusiasm for learning and life in general.
At Trinity Grammar School, we take pride in our highly-skilled and passionate academic team. Today we learn about Trinity Grammar School Teacher in Profile - Mark Dunn, Master of the Junior School.
Asked what influenced his decision to become a teacher Mark said, “Once I realised that I was probably not going to play cricket for Australia, teaching was always a strong chance. My experiences as a youth worker for the Anglican Church and as a Sunday School teacher helped me to understand that I loved working with children.”
“I always believed that good teachers make a critical difference in a young person’s life. I had some great teachers and liked the idea of being just like them, especially my high school Modern History teacher. I had great experiences at school, so teaching also looked like great fun. Now that I am a teacher, I have found all of that to be true as well as relishing the opportunity to work collaboratively and belong to and build community. No two days are ever the same.”
Mark began his career as a Kindergarten teacher at Pacific Hills Christian School 22 years ago. He then taught Year 5 and Year 6 at Barker College and was the Deputy Head and Christian Studies teacher at Shore, before joining Trinity in 2015. Mark’s particular areas of interest include Kindergarten to Year 6, Mathematics, History and Sports.
Ensuring that the School continues to create a positive experience for the whole School community is one of the challenges that Mark relishes. His role is to ensure that the structures, staffing and supports are in place to enhance students’ learning and ensure they are cared for pastorally. “That means helping students get the most out of the wealth of opportunities on offer as they grow into young men; helping parents to enjoy their partnership with the School; helping teachers to grow professionally and work collaboratively; and it also means that I have to keep working to improve as a teacher and leader,” he said.
We asked Mark some quick fire questions about his life outside the classroom – here’s what he had to say.
Family members: I live with my wife, Belinda, my high-school-aged daughters, Jaime and Emma, and my Year 5 son, Noah. We also have a Golden Retriever named Juno, who eats too many of my shoes and socks.
Favourite sports teams: Without a doubt, the Sydney Swans, whom I very passionately support, rarely missing a game (including three heartbreaking and one triumphant Grand Final!). I also support St George Dragons and Liverpool Football Club – I tend to have a soft spot for red teams. I also love supporting Australia in any form of cricket.
Favourite activities: I love spending time with my family, playing and watching most sports, jogging, beach holidays, reading the newspaper and wrestling with the cryptic crossword. We play a lot of card and board games in our house.
Ideal dinner guest: Any of my friends, though I wouldn’t mind picking Cadel Evans’ brains about pursuing passion with determination and single-mindedness.
Career aspirations as a child: To hit the winning runs for Australia off the last ball against Joel Garner. Astronaut held some appeal as well!
Not many people know: My first job after the HSC was driving new cars for Ford – I had to learn to drive a manual car the day before I started. I was also an armed security guard in Redfern when I was 17 years old … long story! Oh, and I have abseiled off the Harbour Bridge!
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