Doreen Blyth

Doreen loves her job.  Why wouldn’t she? She gets to spend time with our amazing students, educating, playing, laughing and learning!

”What I love most about this school is the people.”

Doreen originates from Tasmania where she studied to become a Registered Nurse after leaving school. She attributes her interest in child and brain development to her time as a theatre nurse in the neurological theatre (the children love the fact that she used to look at real brains every day!).

Her first role in childhood services was as Director at the Curtin University Early Learning Centre. Whilst there, Doreen was invited onto a state government committee reviewing early childhood legislation. She soon moved into government to work on the development of the National Quality Framework, including the standards, laws and regulations.  Before starting at Guildford Grammar School, Doreen was a consultant, working with many early and middle childhood centres, 3-year-old kindergartens and schools. She is National President of the Education Leaders Association.

Our Out of School Care program wraps around each child’s school day, providing programs before and after school as well as during the school holidays. It has been structured into a junior program (for Pre-Kindy to Year 3) and a senior program (Years 4-6) so as to be responsive to the children’s interests and needs. Some of the programs currently available to the children include art, sport, games, gardening and cooking. “We plan to become the best service in the country – a big goal but an achievable one! 

“If I had to sum up my role in three words they would be leading, learning and laughing, in a regularly changing order!”
Outside of work Doreen loves her two sons, music, black and white movies and travel.  She collects record albums and plays the cello and ukulele (badly – her words!).  She also enjoys astronomy and has recently purchased a new telescope that travels everywhere with her.

The Centre is always a hub of activity. Pop in one morning or afternoon for chat and see the amazing program in action or see the children’s art and photography exhibition they currently have on, showcasing what they do each day.