Meet Mr Henderson

Meet Mr Ross Henderson

Position at Clarendon: Head of Admissions

How long have you been working at Clarendon for?
This year is my 22nd year at Clarendon. I started working here during Term 4 of 1999.

What do you enjoy most about working at Clarendon?
Since we have been working remotely due to COVID-19, I miss the hundreds of everyday interactions with people, whether that be staff or students. Clarendon is such a positive environment and the positive energy is infectious. I also really enjoy the long-term friendships I have developed with both staff and students. The annual rural field days are always a highlight of the year as I have the opportunity to catch up with past students as well as past parents. I enjoy hearing what they are doing, where they are living and how their own families are growing.

Aside from your role in admissions, what are some of the other roles you’ve undertaken during your time?
I started as a PE teacher and Head of Rowing and have taught many subjects including Creative IT and Global Learning. I’ve been a House teacher for most of my time and am currently the House teacher for the mighty Year 9 Walker House group. After being Head of Alumni and Reunions for many years, this year, I stepped into the role of Head of Admissions and I am a tutor in the Boarding House for the first time.

Can you tell us about one of the highlights you experienced as Head of Rowing?
There are too many to choose from over 21 years. The First boys crew winning Head of the Lake in 2001 in my second year was pretty special. I was lucky enough to catch up with this crew at the Head of the Lake weekend this year (20 years later!). Also memorable was winning the Girls Head of the Lake in 2002 and the 2005 girls crew winning the National title in a seriously fast time. There are a number of students who have gone on to row for Victoria and Australia, including two Olympians, both of whom are World Champions. I am very grateful for all of the friendships I made and the experience of coaching crews myself.

As a student at Clarendon, how has Clarendon evolved over time?
That was a long time ago! Education itself has changed significantly. There is far more critical thought given to education nowadays rather than simply repeating what has always been done. Physically, the campuses are now state of the art and ready to educate students for the next 50 years.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my family, including the dogs, cooking, mountain bike riding, gardening and fishing.