We are delighted to welcome Ms. Dayna Moritz to our Primary team at SCAS, teaching Year 6 Crocodiles. Dayna began her teaching career as a targeted graduate at Avalon Public School, where she was able to embrace her love of teaching music, particularly choral music. Alongside nurturing her class students, she also took on the role of coordinating the school’s band program for several years. From there, she moved to Killarney Heights Public School as Assistant Principal of Stage 3. This was a unique opportunity to learn a little bit of French in a bilingual team-teaching setting, whilst continuing to grow and learn as a teacher and leader.
Dayna then moved to Port Macquarie with her husband and took a teaching post at Kendall Public School. A year later, she commenced her role as Assistant Principal at Tacking Point Public School. After many happy and successful years of teaching and leading there, she was ready to embark on new adventures with SCAS.
We asked Dayna some questions to find out a little more about her interests and passions.
What are you looking forward to about 2024 at SCAS?
I am looking forward to working closely with staff, students, and parents to help my students reach their full potential – academically, socially, and emotionally. I am already enjoying being part of such a dynamic and supportive school culture!
What was your favourite co-curricular activity as a student?
I’ve always loved singing in choirs, and I performed in the Sydney Opera House for the first time as a Year 6 student. I also played every sport available to me (even the ones that I wasn’t very good at), with my favourite being netball.
What is your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
After waking up in my own good time (without an alarm startling me awake), I love to read, walk, and swim at our gorgeous beaches.
What was your latest good read?
I recently re-read ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman. I had read it about 5 years ago, and still found it just as endearing on its second read.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I was once featured on a current affairs television program, as well as the local newspaper (‘The Manly Daily’) as a participant in a new ride sharing program. The producers had me pretend to drive in my car along Whale Beach with strangers that I’d agreed to share a ride with and sit in a home that wasn’t mine to be interviewed. Although I had never actually used the ride sharing program in real life, I had included it as a small part of my university research project about ideas to ease traffic congestion on the Northern Beaches. I didn’t think that people would ever want to share a car with strangers…. Uber came along many years later and its success was quite a surprise to me!