Katie Biggin

Advocate for our new Living Academy
Challenging Life-Long Learning
Katie Biggin

Katie Biggin

Senior Curriculum Advisor; Stage 5 English Teacher

My dream for Living School is that we can create a diverse program for senior students that fully prepares them for the world they will encounter in their future. Our conventional Year 11 and 12 programs are characterised by competitive standardised examinations and preference the awarding of university entry rankings, potentially limiting the development of 21st century capacities that are essential in our complex world.

I hope that Living School can cater to a variety of needs for senior students, guiding them to future pathways in respectful, caring ways that explore holistic learning as well as enabling academic excellence, adaptability, confidence and rich inner growth. My hope is that this school can provide an antidote to the encroaching pressures of social media, encouraging empowerment through experiential learning, leading our students to enter the world and participate in freedom.

BACKGROUND

Katie has 30 years experience across a variety of educational settings in the areas of school leadership, English teaching, senior school co-ordination, student wellbeing and teacher mentoring. She started her passion for teaching English and ESL in Victorian schools. Her passion for travel led her to teach in Germany and Zimbabwe, as well as training English teachers for 2 years in a university in Hanoi, Vietnam for Australian Volunteers Abroad.

Katie moved to the Northern Rivers in 2005 and began at Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, taking on the role of Deputy Principal and expanding the high school and senior program. She has immersed herself in teaching senior English and modelling innovative assessment practices, with her Year 12 students achieving some of the best results in the state each year.

Katie is known for creating meaningful and long-lasting relationships with students and sees this as the key to working with their learning and wellbeing. She has very close links to local families and community, recognised through her Principal of the Year award in 2014 for the Byron Shire. She also is an expert in NESA requirements in the senior years and has guided many students in achieving highly and gaining entry into university or other courses of their choice, always maintaining a nurturing and holistic approach.

Katie loves colour and is widely known in the area for her penchant for ‘Steiner’ colour days; Monday is purple/pink, Tuesday is red, Wednesday is yellow, Thursday is orange and Friday is green. She is fully committed to each colour day and unlikely to deviate! Katie loves stand up paddle boarding and swimming, singing, performing and reading fiction.

CAREER EXPERIENCE

Tertiary Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Arts – University of Melbourne – 1989
  • Masters of Educational Studies in Leadership – University of Queensland – commenced 2020

 

Work Experience

  • English Teacher Trainer – Australian Volunteers Abroad, Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam – 1995-1996
  • English Teacher, Class 7 Transition Co-ordinator, Migrant Program Co-ordinator and Year Level Advisor – 1990-1998 -Elwood College, Victoria
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne – ESL Teacher Trainer– 1997-1998
  • Senior English Teacher – 1999 – Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne
  • Head Teacher English Department – Cape Byron Steiner School -2005-2020
  • High School Faculty Co-ordinatorCape Byron Steiner School – 2008-2010
  • Deputy Principal of High School – 2011-2018 – Cape Byron Steiner School
  • Senior School Co-ordinator – 2018 -2020 – Cape Byron Steiner School
  • Co-Acting Principal 2011-2012 – Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
  • HSC English Advanced Marker – 2011-2014 NESA
  • Extension English 2 Presenter – NSW State Library and WordExpress 2016-2017

 

Key Achievements

  • Principal of the Year – 2014 – awarded by Byron Shire Council
  • Expertise in maintaining NESA Accreditation for High School over 3 cycles
  • Developed a co-ordinated Student Wellbeing Program in High School combining anthroposophical and community best practice in consultation with Wellbeing staff
  • Excellence in leading teaching in Advanced and Extension English – demonstrated in 2019 and 2020 by CBRSS ranking 10th in NSW amongst independent schools for these subjects
  • Senior Teacher 1 – AIS classification – achieved in 2017