We would like to take this opportunity to thank Stephanie Jaucian (nee Pintado), Class of 2001, for all the hard work she has put into leading the Tangara Old Girls Society for the past 6 years. Stephanie revived the previously quiet society into the active group it is today. Below Stephanie shares her experiences as a Tangara student, a teacher, an Old Girl, and now a PARED parent.
What did you do after you finished school?
After school I studied Primary Teaching at Macquarie Uni and threw myself into a lot of extra-curricular activities from flamenco and ballroom
dancing, to starting a community service society at uni. After graduating, I was offered my first teaching position, Year 3 at Tangara in 2007, where
I was privileged to have worked under the guidance of Mrs Trish Pocock and mentored by Mrs Sue Yeo. The following year I moved to Penrith to teach
Year 4 at Montgrove, got married to my husband, Albert, and we had our first baby - Nicholas!
What are you currently doing?
I naively thought life would slow down once I became a Mum but life is now busier than ever! We have 4 children and I am currently working
as a private tutor after school. Albert and I are also parents of the PARED Schools and we are currently on the PARED Promotions Committee, working
to promote our schools to new families.
One of my major "projects" since 2010 has been re-establishing the Tangara Old Girls Society (TOGS). It has been exciting to see how much TOGS has achieved:
bringing Old Girls together through our annual dinners, class reunions, mother's group, netball and basketball teams, and networking nights for professionals,
uni and high school students. I am particularly proud of our community service initiatives. TOGS has organised and run 3 overseas service projects
to the Philippines and Kenya where Old Girls have made a real and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged people in these countries. Also,
TOGS has also awarded $5000 worth of scholarships to Tangara students to put towards their own community service initiatives. Building TOGS from the
ground-up has been a fantastic experience, however, after 6 years it's time to hand on the reigns to a new president in 2017!
In 2017, I am excited to be working on a new initiative with my husband Albert and a team of other young couples, running a series of marriage workshops
for couples who are engaged or in their first years of marriage.
What are some of your best memories from school?
I have so many! My favourite are probably all the creative things we did in Yr 5 and 6 with Mrs Pocock - especially performing plays every term for the
whole of primary. One term we performed our own operetta of Jane Eyre, starring the talented Sara Bissaker (nee Khaiami) who now has her son Oliver
in Kindy, Tangara Infants! We were so lucky to have Mrs Pocock for 2 consecutive years. Just after she retired our class invited her to our 10 year
reunion and gave her a special "thank you" presentation. It was a very special moment.
What is one of the most valuable things you learnt at Tangara?
The importance of good habits. The habits that you create now are likely the ones that will stick with you for the rest of your life!
What advice would you give a current Tangara girl?
1. Learn to say "yes" to opportunities that come your way and if they don't - chase them!
2. Look at the big picture - don't get caught up in petty issues. Ask yourself will this really matter tomorrow? Next week? Next year?