St Stephen’s School is all in the family for Dianne Loan.
She first joined the school as a parent in 1990. “A bit of trivia – my husband Barry walked through the door the same time as Rev Gavin Collinson on his first day when he came to enrol the boys.” Dianne shared.
She then started as a staff member in 1995, first as the School Receptionist before moving to assist the Careers Program and finally as Personal Assistant to the Head of Secondary School and the two deputies.
Dianne’s husband Barry was also Chair of Finance at the School for more than 10 years. Their two sons attended St Stephen’s and now her grandchildren Ailish (Year 6) and Ruby (Year 5) are at the Duncraig Primary.
“As a parent my favourite memories were many but the main was the school fetes when the whole community came together,” Dianne remembers.
“I was Fete Coordinator in 1995, the first year we actually set the fete up, and the day before people camped on the oval for security.
“Interestingly in those years parking was a problem and I still can’t believe we never thought of using the secondary oval as parking and using the Primary School when it was completed!
“As a staff member we had some wonderful staff retreats where we had two nights away with lots of entertainment - it was a great way to get to know your fellow staff.”
Indonesian language was also a big part of Dianne’s life at St Stephen’s, with both her sons studying it.
“My two trips to Indonesia with the students and Indonesian teachers was also a highlight - we flew to Jakarta and made our way down the island to Bali, it was such a wonderful experience to be remembered.”
“We have made many lifelong friendships with parents and staff from the school and now enjoy watching and attending events that our grandchildren are involved in.”
“From the inception of the school, pastoral care has always been at the forefront.
“This culture has been carried on by the school and staff and I am sure helps to make the school what it is where sharing is caring.”