Meet Mrs Macgowan

Meet Mrs Jessica Macgowan

Position at Clarendon: Head of Girls Boarding

How long have you been working at Clarendon for?
I joined Clarendon in 2009. I have taught from Y3-12 in both PE and Health throughout this time.

What do you enjoy most about your role as Head of Girls Boarding?
I love building the relationships with the students and I genuinely look forward to and enjoy seeing them each day. I feel privileged to help guide them on their journey here at Clarendon and I hope my support can make a difference during their time here.

Aside from your teaching role, what are some of the other roles you’ve undertaken during your time?
Whilst teaching at Clarendon I have been involved in the Senior Netball Program. I have coached the Senior Netball Squad with some very talented staff including Kirsty Walsh and Ruby Parry. We have been lucky enough to have competed in some premierships over our time. Some of the highlights include winning both the firsts and seconds premierships in 2020. I have also been involved in Garbutt House and worked in the Girls Boarding House for a number of years before working as Head of Girls Boarding.

Tell us about your family connections with Clarendon?
My husband, Brad, is now in his 18th year of teaching at Clarendon. He teaches VCE PE and Sport and Recreation and coaches the Firsts Football team. Our daughters, Ruby (Y4) and Ava (Y2), have both attended Clarendon since 3YO kinder and love being a member of the Clarendon community. My niece, Millie, is also in Y9.

What else do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to spend time at Anglesea. It is such a beautiful place and we spend most of our holidays together there as a family. We are involved in a variety of community sports such as basketball, netball and football. I love to go running with friends and our new puppy, Chip. I also love a good book and a cup of tea, when I get the time.