CULCAIRN is special to me because it is where my family lives says Billabong High School deputy principal Julie Bowen.
Ms Bowen has worked at the school in Culcairn, which currently has 400 students, for the past 11 years. “My role at the school is really about supporting both students and teachers,” she said.
“This year I was responsible for leading a curriculum review to determine how we deliver the HSC to our senior students,” she said.
“My role at Billabong High School also includes leading student well-being programs,” she said.
Ms Bowen explained the importance of ensuring each student achieves their academic potential.
“Teachers must not only know where their students are at in terms of their learning but how to improve each student’s learning outcomes.”
“I enjoy my job and the challenges it brings ... I enjoy being part of students’ lives for the six years they are at high school,” she said.
Ms Bowen said there were many things the school did well that made her proud. “The annual mental health forum is now a significant event on our school calendar,” she said.
“The fact that it is a joint school and Local Health and Advisory Committee event makes it something special.” Australia’s best female basketball player Lauren Jackson of Albury and former Albury Mayor Stuart Baker were guest speakers at the last forum. Outside of school Ms Bowen enjoys spending time with friends and family, and as a former PE teacher she has a keen interest in sport.