Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Autumn 2015 Contents The new Head of Middle
School has a passion for
education, sport and music
A young Julie Kemp always knew she would
be a teacher. She loved hockey and athletics,
but also played the flute and piano, and sang in
the St David’s Cathedral Choir in Hobart.
In the end, sport won. Miss Kemp became a
PE teacher and played hockey for the Victorian
Miss Kemp believes that the skills she learned
on the hockey field over a 38-year career, like
leadership and team building, are also important
in an educational setting. She utilises them
every day at the Middle School, which has
around 300 students in Years 6, 7 and 8.
Miss Kemp comes to Scotch Oakburn after
18 years at St Michael’s Collegiate in Hobart.
“The staff and the students at Scotch
Oakburn have been fantastic to work with,”
Miss Kemp said. “It is a great environment.
“This is a brilliant facility. It provides amazing
opportunities for learning in and beyond the
classroom – through sport, music, the arts,
experiential learning – which is something I am
“I am also enjoying the co-ed environment,
having come from an all-girls’ school. It’s
actually really refreshing.”
The Middle School plays a vital role in
ensuring the smooth transition of students from
Junior to Senior School.
“Having the students come here in Year 6
introduces them in a gentle way to what high
school is going to be like,” Miss Kemp said.
“They still have a core teacher, but other
teachers come to them for different subjects. We
also provide opportunities for them to interact
in a vertical way, so there are Year 6 students
mixing with Year 12 students in a tutor group.”
Tasmanian born and bred, Miss Kemp’s
father was the managing director of a printing
company and her mother was a dressmaker
and business woman. She attended Fahan
School in Hobart, then did one year of university
in Launceston before transferring to Deakin in
Melbourne. Miss Kemp holds a Bachelor of
Education (Physical Education) from Deakin
(1990-93) and a Masters in Educational
Administration (2010-2012) from the University
of New England in Armidale, NSW.
After graduating, Miss Kemp worked for two
years at a co-educational Jewish boarding
school in Oxfordshire, England. She was Head
of Girls’ PE and Games and Deputy Director
of Boarding. Upon returning to Australia, Miss
Kemp worked at Collegiate as a health and
physical education teacher. She was Dean of
House for three years, Director of Sport for two
years and Head of Year 9 for five years.
Miss Kemp is married to Scott Canny, a builder,
and former vice-captain of the Tassie Tigers state
hockey team. They have two children. Sam, 14,
is in Year 9, and Liam, 11, is in Year 6.
Miss Kemp played hockey in Hobart with the
Prince of Wales Hockey Club and in Victoria
with the club linked to the Melbourne Cricket
Club. Originally a striker, in later years she
became a midfield player. These days, aside
from going to the gym, much of her sporting
involvement is linked with her sons’ interests,
encompassing swimming, cricket, surfing,
football, athletics and cross country. She was a
committee member with Hobart Aquatic Club
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and also involved with Swimming Tasmania and
Queenborough Little Athletic Centre.
Aside from sports, Miss Kemp enjoys travel.
She has accompanied school groups on trips
to Fiji and Laos.
She misses living by the sea at Seven Mile
Beach but is relishing the opportunities on offer
“Scotch Oakburn College has an outstanding
reputation, and I am looking forward to
contributing to the College, but particularly to
the students. Each has so many opportunities
here, so as staff we need to keep opening
doors for them, excite them about learning, and
help to produce engaged confident students
ready for the world.”
Miss Kemp takes over from Stuart Walls, who
was Acting Head of Middle School, and before
him Kate Croft, now Deputy Principal of Scotch
Oakburn. Mr Walls returns to his preferred
Deputy Head of Middle School role.
Julie Kemp - Head of Middle School
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