Talia was a pupil here from 1994 to 2001, having been fast tracked into St Peter’s College as a bright ten year old. Her first love was basketball and PE . She had early ambitions to be a sports manager but left St Peter’s half way through year 13 to work in an Invercargill accounting firm. Talia says she didn’t shine at maths in school, but had studied accounting by correspondence course and her first job was as an office junior with McCullough & Ptns.
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A spell working in Queenstown was then followed by a job at the Information Centre in Gore and a qualification in Travel and Tourism which led to a very satisfying five years travelling around New Zealand as part of her job. With partner James, she then moved to Auckland and was in the fortunate position of being offered two positions, one with a travel company (where she felt her lack of knowledge of world geography might let her down!) and the other with Forsyth Barr. She took the latter which involved her in events management and this administrative experience has been invaluable at St Peter’s.
After a year in Auckland, she and James returned to Gore to save up and get married. Following a couple of short term jobs with WINZ and in the accounts department of a computer firm, Talia made a planned career move and joined Westpac Bank. The next few years proved happy and productive, marriage, a baby boy and a satisfying career, but one day in the staffroom at work she spotted the advert for an Executive Officer at St Peter’s. She literally screamed with excitement as she felt that this was her “dream job” and phoned for details straight away.
She has been in post for almost a year and the reality has lived up to expectations. Talia says she feels a strong empathy with the pupils that she deals with and remembers all too well her own feelings as a schoolgirl. The caring ethos that exists at St Peter’s has also had an effect on her own life in the family and the wider community. She is thrilled to be expecting a new baby in May 2013.