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The King's School appoints its first female Chairman of Council
On International Women’s Day, The King’s School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Rosemary Abrahams to the position of Chairman of Council effective immediately.
Mrs Abrahams has been Acting Chairman since August 2018 when previous Chairman Dr Rob Mackay fell ill. Mrs Abrahams was elected by unanimous resolution at the meeting of the Council of The King’s School late last month.
“ I am honoured and humbled to have been elected by my colleagues as Chairman of Council at the first Council meeting of the year. I love being able to contribute to such a fine School, a School we chose for our son, a School for which my husband and I have great affection”, said Mrs Abrahams in response to being congratulated upon her appointment.
Mrs Abrahams has tremendous experience and engagement in the field of education. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and Melbourne Teachers' College, she commenced teaching in boys' schools in Victoria in the 1970s. Moving to the ACT in 1975, she met and married her husband Michael, who was appointed as a Trade Commissioner in the Department of Overseas Trade as it was then known.
There began 26 years of educating students all over the world in train with Michael’s postings. Highlights include:
- Teaching in a girls' school in Nigeria at the time of the counter coup in 1976 - coming to the attention of the authorities for “sabotaging the traffic".
- Teaching history at the Parents Co-operative School in Saudi Arabia.
- Studying at the University of Southern California
- Being in Germany at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
- Becoming Vice Principal at the Frankfurt International School.
- Teaching history and becoming Secondary Principal at the New International School of Thailand.
- Being appointed Vice Principal to the 4 campus, 3,000 student strong Jakarta International School.
Mrs Abrahams' engagement with The King’s School began in 1996 when son Mark commenced at the School in Waddy House.
In 2004, after moving the family home to Australia, Mrs Abrahams served at Abbotsleigh School in Sydney as Head of Senior School and Deputy Headmistress.
”These were exciting and enjoyable times in a position that I loved, and it’s a blessing that when I retired from Abbotsleigh in 2012, I was asked to join The Council of The King’s School”, Mrs Abrahams explained.
“I have always had a passion for learning and a curiosity about new things. As an only child I often had to entertain myself so I loved reading and still love to immerse myself in a great book where you think about nothing else except the setting, or characters or plot. As I grew up I loved drama, either performing in amateur dramatics or attending theatre performances.”
“Broadly speaking my philosophy of education would be Progressivism, focussing on the whole child more than the content and the teacher. I have a student centred philosophy where the head and the heart are equally as important as each other. Values and character development are essential in the learning process.”
Rosemary and Michael have two children:
- Sara, married to John who are both lawyers in the ACT and have two children Aiden (6) and Eleanor (4)
- Mark resides in Annapolis Maryland in the USA with his wife Shannon and Madeline Rose (4) and Micah ( 2)
and are thus deeply devoted to being grandparents.
Please join us as we congratulate Rosemary and celebrate her historic appointment as our first female Chairman of Council.