From the Head of Senior School
Our Senior School aims to prepare students for success not just in VCE, VET or VCAL, but also to equip them for life beyond secondary school. We offer an extensive curriculum and our Pastoral Care program explores personal development and the building of relationships, with the emphasis placed on developing qualities of leadership, independence and community.
Mrs Knurek joined the Thomas Carr College teaching staff in August 2006 as Head of Music and in that capacity initiated a Choral and Instrumental program at the College. In August 2010 she took on the role of Head of Senior School. She has a strong interest in the encouragement of student led programs, a commitment to excellence in whatever students undertake and to enabling students to achieve at their highest possible level.
Mrs Knurek graduated with honours from the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University, where she specialised in voice and vocal techniques and has worked in a range of schools, with a particular focus on senior students. Prior to her appointment at Thomas Carr College, she taught at Ballarat High School, Kingswood College and Firbank Grammar School, where her activities included the direction of several musicals, the school orchestra and the introduction of an International Touring Program for both Choral and Instrumental groups. Her “Bel Canto” Choir won competitions in Italy (Verona Choral Competition in 2000) and Vienna (Vienna Youth Music Festival in 2004).
Since completing her Master in Education Administration and Policy, she has developed her interest in school administration. In the field of music education, Margaret has been chairperson for VCE moderation panels, has written study notes for the ABCs Melbourne Symphonic Series and is a past president of the Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools, Victoria. Margaret has undertaken training as an Extraordinary Minister for the Sacraments and actively supports prayer, reflection, ritual and liturgy in daily College life.