Mark Scott's Update

20 October 2017

Tribute to Gabrielle Maina

Dear Colleagues

It is with sadness that I write about the death of one our teachers, Gabrielle Maina, who was killed in Kenya yesterday.

Mrs Gabrielle Maina was a passionate and highly dedicated teacher, community member, mother and wife. As an English and drama teacher at Sarah Redfern High School in Minto from 2007 until 2011, she was well respected by her colleagues and students, many of whom recall her strong sense of purpose and good humour. 

A reflection from one of her former colleagues at Sarah Redfern High School, "Gab was someone who did things FOR the kids" is simple in its sentiment but speaks deeply about her commitment to teaching and her students.

This is a significant loss for the entire community; our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

You can read the Minister's media release (pdf 110 KB)regarding Gabrielle's passing here.

About the Secretary

Mark Scott, Secretary, Department of Education

Mark Scott is Secretary of the Department of Education. He has worked as a teacher, in public administration and as a journalist and media executive. He is committed to public education and learning environments where every child can flourish.




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