Introducing our new Chemistry Teacher, Mr Rose

A huge welcome to our new Chemistry Teacher, Mr Jonathan Rose.  Jonathan has joined us this term as one of our Senior College teachers and he is also our Year 8 Pastoral Care Teacher.  We are thrilled to have him join our community.

We asked Jonathan a few questions about himself to help our community get to know him a bit better.  Enjoy Jonathan’s answers and make sure to welcome him the next time you see him around the College.

Where have you come from and where did you study, Jonathan?

“I have lived in Grays Point in the Sutherland Shire my entire life. I went to Kirrawee High School, and graduated in 2014. After graduation, I started and finished a Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences at UOW. After completing that, I then completed a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at UOW.”

What are some of your hobbies and tell us a bit about your family.

“I would say that my main hobby is cricket. I have been playing cricket since I was 12. I represented NSW in all the NSW Pathways, and played for the NSW U17 and U19’s team as a Wicket Keeper. Currently I play 1stGrade for St George District Cricket Club. In recent Covid-19 times I have taken up surfboarding and running as a way to relax. I have also done quite a lot of cricket coaching, such as doing some 1-1 coaching with TopEdge Cricket, as well as some team coaching with St George Cricket Club.

I am one of four children, being the oldest at 24. I have a twin sister and two younger brothers.”

Who was your favourite teacher and why?

“My favourite teacher in high school was Mr McKay. He was a socially awkward, but a greatly knowledgeable man. What I loved about him though was that he was deeply passionate in helping all students. He was my Physics Teacher during Year 12, and without fail met with me once a week at lunchtimes to help me understand content that I was struggling with. He was a huge motivator for my initial drive to go into teaching.”

What are you most looking forward to teaching here at Cedars this year?

“While I am the Chemistry Teacher here at Cedars, I would say that I’m most looking forward to being the Pastoral Care Teacher for Year 8. In the past couple years I’ve been fortunate enough to be a mentor to some young people in both schools and sport, so I’m really looking forward to helping these students navigate their teenage years, figure out who they are in Christ, and become young leaders in our community.”

Let us in on one fun fact about you:

“People usually find it fun when I tell them I am a twin, particularly that I have a twin sister. One fun but also kind of gross fact about me is that I was once a volunteer in UOW’s Anatomy Lab as a Dissector. That involved me helping the lab prepare arms, legs and brains to be studied by the medical students at UOW.”

and finally…

“I worked as a male mentor in NSW Public Schools for the last year before joining Cedars and have done quite a bit of tutoring in the last two years.  I have been attending Lighthouse Church and looking forward to moving to Wollongong in the next month or so.”

We are thrilled to have you as part of our community, Jonathan!