At Casey Grammar we are very proud of all staff and their achievements. Throughout the year, we highlight a different staff member within each newsletter to introduce you to some members you perhaps have not had the pleasure of meeting yet. This week, we had a chat with Diana Thompson.
Name: Diana Thompson
Head of the Joan Reid Resource Centre
Bachelor of Information Management and Systems / Bachelor of Education
When did you join Casey Grammar?
I joined Casey Grammar at the start of 2022, so this is only my second year here.
What do you love most about your job and why?
I love the many different interactions with students I get to have — from talking about books to helping find information to answer questions. Seeing students get lost in made up worlds and passionately talk about their favourite books makes me happy. There are also many opportunities for me to engage with students in other areas of the school. I get to help students enter creative writing competitions, choreograph and teach dances for musicals and Schools on Stage, coach netball teams and mix with students on excursions. Life is never boring and interacting with students outside of a ‘regular’ classroom is where I think we can see who they really are, and create lasting memories they will have well beyond the end of school.
Three words which best describe you are …
Friendly, energetic and adventurous.
Tell us about your most memorable Casey Grammar experience?
So far, I have had many memorable experiences but one that feels top of the list was being involved in The Little Mermaid. It was so much fun to be working with such a fantastic group of students and staff in a completely different environment. I think it is where all their best attributes can shine, like teamwork, leadership, inclusivity, respect and responsibility. And of course, I love developing students’ performance skills as well.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Bungee-jumping has always been on my bucket list. I had it booked on a trip to New Zealand but somehow ended up with a cast on my arm. They don’t let you jump with broken bones, so we had to cancel the jump. I went on the Nevis Arc instead and whilst that was amazing, I still need to tick off that jump one day.
In one sentence, tell us what your included photo is about:
I love going on adventures with my family where we can explore and create memories together, whether it’s holidays, camping trips or just looking for bugs in the backyard.