From Trainee to Teacher, from Highfields to Roma!

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2022

Mary MacKillop Catholic College farewells a very special staff member this term, as she embarks on her career in Roma! 

Crows Nest local, Bethany Campbell came to Mary MacKillop Catholic College in 2018 as a trainee taking a gap year after completing Year 12.  

Bethany came to the College during a period of much change, but took it all in her stride, a quality many have come to admire in her, and completed a Certificate III Business Traineeship while working at front reception in the new Administration building on the senior campus.  Office Manager, Leander Kennedy says “It was apparent from the beginning, that Bethany had skills beyond her years and would become a great asset to not only our Admin Team, but our whole College.” 

Her gap year turned into 5 dedicated years at Mary Mac and has seen her supporting the College across every area while completing a Bachelor of Senior Education at UniSQ. Bethany quickly became the ultimate all-rounder, multi-tasking on a busy reception, learning every child’s name and family members and the nuances of a P-12 school environment.  She has done it all, from supporting enrolments and marketing, to finance, supporting events, and has a keen eye and over enthusiastic nature towards spreadsheets and powerpoints for any activity or event! As she neared the end of her degree, Bethany has also supported in the classroom as a teacher aide and on excursions and camps! And amongst it all, she found time to also be crowned Miss Crows Nest! 

Never shying away from a challenge or difficult situation, this old soul has brought smiles and laughter to every corner of the College and its community, and although it will be a huge loss to us, we are thrilled that she has gained employment within the diocese. 

Business Manager, Kirsty Gillett says “There have been so many times I have wished we could clone Bethany! She is one of a kind, a joy to work with and will be so very missed in our Admin Team!” 

Newly graduated Bethany Campbell will be teaching Science and Physical Education at St John’s College in Roma next year. College Principal Chris Gabbett said, “Bethany has been a magnificent contributor to our work here at Mary MacKillop.  The fact that she is commencing her teaching career at another Diocesan Catholic school shows how the trainee system enables us to grow outstanding employees.  We will really miss her here, but I can see her having a fantastic career in education”.