DIANE TAPRELL
SENIOR SCHOOL RECEPTIONIST

 

Last year was the first time I saw girls I had started with when they were in Year 7 graduate Year 12. I felt like a mother hen sending her chicks into the wide world!

 
Ask any Queenwood girl and she will tell you that at some point in her school life, the Queenwood reception staff have saved the day. Senior School Receptionist, Diane, is the smiling face that offers everyone who walks into Queenwood a warm welcome.

"I want to say thank you to all of you at Reception. You have probably seen me come in a billion times, and every single time you make my day that little bit brighter! My years at Queenwood have included some difficult times. This is why I am so grateful for you lovely ladies smiling at me and knowing my name. Some of those days when I came in I was exhausted but you always made me smile. I know that many girls at Queenwood feel the same way. So on behalf of all the girls you help daily, THANK YOU! "

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 A Note Left For Senior Reception By A Year 12 Graduate

I started at Queenwood in January 2013. I took on the role because I love meeting people and this job gives me the chance to meet and interact with different people every day. As soon as I walked through the doors of Queenwood, I knew that I had found the place I was meant to be. Each day I interact with a range of students, parents, staff and members of the local community. As the first person that our guests meet when they arrive at Queenwood, I believe it’s very important to greet everyone with warmth and a smile and always to be cheerful.

In my role, you need to be the eyes and ears of the School. Girls will come in at all times of the day asking; “Where is this room?”, “I can’t find my teacher, do you know where he is?”, “Have you seen my water bottle?”, “I forgot my lunch, did my Mum bring it in?” Even as the girls get older, they still come in asking for help. Last year was the first time I saw girls I had started with when they were in Year 7 graduate Year 12. I felt like a mother hen sending her chicks into the wide world! If I could share one message with the girls, it would be to stay true to themselves and know that Queenwood is just the beginning!

When I’m not at Queenwood, I first and foremost enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. I also love to cook (especially elaborate birthday cakes for my colleagues!), watch musical theatre, and read. My favourite books are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Masters of Rome Series by Colleen McCullough, which both encompass my love of Ancient and Modern History. They are also both written by Australian authors, which pleases me greatly!