Mrs Julie Cochrane
Julie Cochrane knew from an early age that she wanted to be a PE teacher.
‘All my role models growing up were my PE teachers. They seemed to know how to get the best out of me, knowing how to motivate, train and instruct. I could see improvement based on my interactions in sport and academically.’
Being equally passionate about sport (she represented the state in five different sports in one year), Julie completed a Physical and Health Education Degree at the University of Wollongong, graduating with First Class Honours.
She identifies these same principles of coaching as relevant to her job as the Deputy Principal, particularly in the area of developing students and teachers.
‘The principles of being under a good coach can be applied to all aspects of your life,’ she says. ‘Being able to set goals, motivate people, sacrifice and teamwork are relevant to what we do here at school.’
When Julie came to Cedars in 2006, she had been the National Director for Children’s Ministry with the Apostolic Church of Australia. She was appointed the Head of PDHPE before becoming the Middle School Coordinator in 2009 and eventually being promoted to the role of Deputy Principal in 2013.
Julie is committed to excellence.
As Chair of the NSW Teacher Accreditation Committee for Christian Schools Australia she strongly believes in the value of reflecting on our practice and working out how we can be doing things more effectively.
‘I am committed to excellence in teaching and learning and in particular, supporting and developing classroom teachers to effectively meet the challenges of their roles.’
Julie’s deeply held Christian faith guides her interactions with students.
‘I am enthusiastic about sharing my Christian faith and equipping students to live a life that reflects God’s plan and purpose. I feel very blessed to work in a place where these are highly valued.’
But it is not all work.
‘In my spare time I enjoy reading and can often be found outdoors exercising, particularly swimming, and hanging out with my family and friends.’