Meet the Killester Team – Ms. Buick

Meet Ms Buick, Killester’s well-loved Principal. We interviewed Ms Buick to help you get to know our fearless and faithful leader a bit more. 

We all have a favourite book that we come back to time and time again, what’s yours and what do you love about it?

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, it is a superb story about adversity, family and love…he writes beautifully and captures the heart of Australia.

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

Literature, mainly because I love to read and understand how clever authors put together their work.

What was your first paying job?

Helper at a Florist.

What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?

Selling pens over the phone…I hated it because I had to cold call people and try to sell them a pen. The only people who wanted to talk were very lonely and they just wanted to chat and then I hated asking them to buy a silly pen, I was pretty bad at that job and only lasted two days.

What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

Melissa Etheridge.

What would your ‘spirit-animal’ be and why?

A dolphin because swimming in the ocean is one of my favourite things to do.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I am “an iceberger” which means I swim (when I am allowed outside of the 5 km zone) every morning at Brighton beach. I try to do this all year round and we don’t wear wetsuits so it can get pretty cold in Winter.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why?

Edith Cowan, who was the first female parliamentarian in Australia, and Nelson Mandela who always spoke about peace. If I get to go way back in time it would be pretty cool to have a chat and a cup of tea with Jesus.

What are the three items you would take with you on a desert island?

I am going to cheat and count my family as one item, and a kindle as a second one, even though I know there wouldn’t be internet or power…and I guess a box of matches.

Have you met anyone famous?

I met Pope John Paul II in Sydney in 1986.

What is the favourite part of your job?

Talking to the students and hearing their dreams for their future and the way they can help create a better society.

Do you have a favourite biblical scripture and if so what is it?

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”.

What motivates you at work?

My unshakeable belief that every single person has the right to an education, that an education gives every young woman choices, that an education is the way to create a fair and just society. This founded upon our Catholic values.

What is your favourite thing about Killester?

The students and staff.

If you had advice/words of wisdom for our girls what would it be?

Wow, only one is too hard. Always listen with your heart to what others and your god are saying to you, always strive to be the best version of yourself…and your body; your rules.