Deputy Head of Senior School - Student Wellbeing
Physical Education & Health Teacher
Kath's hope is for all students to feel enriched by their time at CGGS.
Kath Woolcock always wanted to care for and work with young people although, it wasn’t until she was two years into a nursing degree that she realised hospitals and scrubs weren’t for her.
A change of degree, uniform and work placements in the classroom instead of the ER department, Kath soon realised that schools were where she wanted to be.
Kath joined CGGS in 2010 as a Physical Education (PE) and Health teacher, her first role after graduating from Deakin University. She later became Head of Physical Education and Health and in 2018, she commenced a new role as Deputy Head of Senior School, responsible for Student Wellbeing.
As well as still teaching PE classes, Kath works closely with both students and staff to lead the development, implementation and review of the school’s student wellbeing programs. This includes developing and tailoring programs that enhance each student’s understanding of themselves and their potential, as well as providing our CGGS girls with the skills and resources to be resilient, feel a sense of belonging, contribute to their community and ultimately have a positive and holistic appreciation of wellbeing.
Kath says she was attracted to a career that involved working closely with young people and one that enabled her to share her passion of health and wellbeing.
“I wanted a career that provided me the opportunity to be creative and inspire others and one that was varied with different experiences each day. I definitely found all of this at CGGS and even more so in my new role as Deputy Head,” she says.
Attending an all girls’ school herself, Kath knows firsthand the benefits of such an environment. She is truly passionate about education for girls and creating a culture where every girl can be herself and most importantly thrive. Kath is also huge on female empowerment and women in leadership.
“A girls’ only school provides a powerful platform for education. It creates a culture of girls striving to learn, to achieve, to discover and a culture where girls are given ALL the opportunities. At an all girls’ school, there are endless moments for self-discovery, but also endless moments to learn from strong female role models,” says Kath.
It’s obvious that she loves working with our girls and witnessing them grow on their own journey, but she is equally grateful to be surrounded by passionate and like-minded peers.
“We truly do have a staff who believe in our vision for student wellbeing and who are dedicated to creating and developing innovative and dynamic programs,” she says.
Already under Kath’s leadership, we have seen many changes which are all having an enormous impact on the wellbeing of our students. From the introduction of Junior and Senior School Wellbeing Captains, a new Years 7 and 8 Tutor Model, revamp of our Transition Week, a new Year 11 and 12 PE +
Program to keep our VCE girls active, a Mental Fitness Training Program, a revamped Positive Education Program, the inclusion of affirmations in the student diary and the newly rolled out ‘no phone’ zones.
We must mention, that all of this has occurred in just six months. As a school we are certainly excited to see what comes next and Kath assures us that there is no shortage
Kath’s hope is that all students feel enriched by their time at CGGS and that they feel confident and optimistic about the future.
“Ultimately, I would like our girls to find their sense of purpose and passion, so that they can leave CGGS as strong, independent and self-aware young women. If I can contribute to this being achieved then I’ll do all I can to make it happen,” confirms Kath.