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Q&A with Mark Routley, Year 4 Teacher — St John’s Campus

1. Where were you before this and what persuaded you to join Concordia College?

Last year I was working at St Peter’s Girls’ School, I taught there for nine years and was lucky enough to teach some amazing children in Year 6 and Year 3. Prior to teaching at St Peter’s Girls’, I taught at Loreto College, the International School Augsburg and Mercedes College. I jumped at the opportunity to apply for a job at Concordia. I have always heard amazing things about the College. My brother is an old scholar of Concordia and he always talks fondly about his time here. I thought that my International Baccalaureate (IB) experience would gel nicely with the team at Concordia, so I was happy to make the change at the end of last year.

2. Three words to describe you.

Friendly, fun, energetic.

3. What is your motivation or inspiration in your role?

I love challenging students to reach their potential, be resilient and take risks. I enjoy working with students and their parents to set meaningful goals, so students in my care can make significant progress. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to teach in IB schools for the past 17 years, developing internationally minded students who pose meaningful questions, challenge others and develop skills to make the world a better place.

4. If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to find balance in life. I believe that having a balance in life ensures growth as an individual and secures your mental peace and wellbeing. Being the best husband, father, teacher, athlete and environmentalist are all important to me. So, if I had the superpower of finding balance, I would be calmer, more productive, more in tune with myself, and could prioritise. Socrates said it well when he told his executioners that “the unexamined life is not worth living”, but Robin Sharma (one of my favourite authors) in his book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, writes: “It is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. It’s only when you have opened your own heart, that you can touch the hearts of others. When you feel centred and alive, you are in a much better position to be a better person.”

5. Who would you invite to a dinner party of six guests and why?

At a dinner party I would invite:

  • Jack Kerouac – novelist/poet
  • Anthony Kiedis – singer/songwriter
  • Dennis Rodman – basketballer
  • River Phoenix – actor
  • Franz Kafka – novelist
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – rapper

The conversation at this dinner party would be interesting.