Ingrid Mcllwraith has a Higher Diploma in Education: Home Economics from University of Natal and has taught at tertiary level in the Food Training Industry in South Africa as well as teaching Home Economics in high schools there. Since moving to Australia in 2008 and following her passion for teaching younger children, she has taught in the state system and been teaching Religious Education at St Hilda’s since 2012.
Ingrid and her family worship at St Matthew’s Anglican Church. She feels blessed to teach Religious Education to our St Hilda’s girls and encourage them to lead the life Jesus taught us to during their daily lives.
Catherine Syms holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Practical Theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She later trained as a Religious Education teacher at Moray House School of Education in Edinburgh. During the past 18 years, she has worked as an educator in a variety of secondary schools in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, primarily in the field of Religious Studies. She is passionate about engaging young people in critical discussion and academic debate on matters of religion, philosophy and ethics and believes this is best approached through an inquiry-based methodology. Her position as Director for Religious Studies and Ethics at the Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland provided her with the opportunity to establish New Zealand’s first school-based Ethics Centre; which facilitated ‘thinking about ethics’ across the school community and beyond. Catherine joined St Hilda’s School as a teacher of Religious Education with responsibilities for chapel worship and ethics learning in 2015.
Rev Patrick Duckworth (Fr Patrick) holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and History, a Bachelor of Theology and a graduate Diploma in Education. Fr Patrick trained for the priesthood in St Michael’s House in Adelaide and was ordained for the Diocese of Bendigo. The first ten years of his ministry were spent in parishes in both Victoria and South Australia. He became interested in teaching while acting as a tutor in Church History in the Flinders University Bachelor of Theology course. His first school appointment was as Chaplain to Launceston Church Grammar School. After for eleven years in Launceston, Fr Patrick and his family returned to Adelaide where he was Chaplain at St Peter’s College for another eleven years. Then followed a four year period in England where he was not only a parish priest but a visiting lecturer in Classics and Modern History at Barnsley Sixth Form College. On returning to Australia in 2014, Fr Patrick took up the position of Chaplain to All Saints’ College, Perth, Western Australia. After three years there, he began as Chaplain to St Hilda’s in January 2017 which allowed he and his wife to be closer to their growing number of grandchildren in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.