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Meg's Arden Journey Continues

When Meg Wong (nee McDowell, Class of 2009) enrolled her daughter in Pre-School this year, she became our first Secondary Campus alumna to also be a current parent.
Meg with her eldest daughter.
Meg with her eldest daughter.

Meg knew that Arden would provide the nurturing environment needed for her eldest daughter to thrive. She states, “The Pre-School program has the perfect balance between play-based learning and integrating elements of a school setting such as Chapel and Library. The staff are dedicated and experienced which creates such a wonderful place for her.” 

Meg shared with us some reflections about her own time at school.

When she commenced in Year 7 in 2004, our Secondary Campus consisted of only 105 students in Years 7 and 8. This provided a “unique experience of growing through the School together.” It also ensured a nurturing environment where she felt valued. The well-rounded education provided many amazing experiences, the highlights of which included seeing The Lion King live on stage in Year 7, Duke of Edinburgh camps and organising our inaugural Girls’ Night In – an event that she is proud to see continuing today.

When reflecting on her time at school, Meg believes that Arden instilled in her a sense of respect and value for others. “We were required to stand when an adult entered the room and there was a strong emphasis on our uniform and how we presented ourselves when out in the community.” She goes on to explain, “The experiences we engaged in, such as Duke of Edinburgh, City Experience, the mission trip to Cairns, Girls’ Night In fundraising and work experiences were all so important in developing an understanding of our community and respecting those around us.”

Upon graduating from Arden in 2009, Meg went onto study a Bachelor of Primary Education at University. She explains how it quickly became her vocation and passion. “Once I experienced my first prac, I was sold.” Inspired by her teachers at Arden, she aspired to be a teacher who makes a difference in the lives of her students. “From my Year 7 science lessons with Ruth Miller, who was the kindest, most nurturing soul and went out of her way to not only make learning exciting, but also, as my Tutor, was consistent in her wellbeing check-ins. I learnt a lot from Jan Brady, my Years 11 and 12 Modern History teacher, who was so passionate and wise. Her bold approach is something I carried with me in my early teaching years. I was fortunate enough to have Mark Rundle, not only as our Chaplain but also as a teacher of many subjects over the years. His approach to his students and steadfast faith was something I truly admired. We were also lucky to have Simon Przydacz and Matt Mallison who demonstrated exemplary leadership and teaching.”

Aware that teaching can become all-consuming, her advice to those entering the profession is to ensure you put boundaries in place. “Make sure you have a life outside of teaching. Manage your expectations of yourself and your class. Create meaningful relationships with your colleague teachers, your executive team and your community.”

Having taught Kindergarten for several years, Meg moved into the business world, owning a café.  She is now a stay-at-home mum, focused on raising her two daughters. Whilst she still teaches on a casual basis, she is also enjoying organising community events in her local area. This is leading her into a new and exciting career in event management.

When she is not working, she values time with her family, spending the weekends going on adventures. She also enjoys reading, going to the gym and catching up with friends.

She is looking forward to this next chapter in her Arden journey.

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