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    FAREWELL: Sue Starbuck has retired after 20 years in administration with Holy Trinity Lutheran College Horsham.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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New chapter awaits Sue Starbuck

By Dylan De Jong

Long-term school administrator Sue Starbuck is stepping down after a 20-year career at Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran College. 

Ms Starbuck has been with the school through its transformation from a primary school to a P-12 college, which started in 2014.

“I’ve seen some big changes here, from a really small primary school to a P-12 with lots of new families,” she said. 

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“The families and the staff have been so wonderful to work with and just so welcoming.”

Parents, teachers and students are likely to remember the kind-hearted animal lover for her front-office antics. 

Ms Starbuck would often give students something to smile about as she sneaked kangaroo joeys into the school from her second primary pastime.

When she was not in the office, Ms Starbuck was busy rescuing animals as a licensed wildlife carer. 

She has cared for everything from joeys, possums, gliders and koalas to lizards and tawny frogmouths during her time as a wildlife carer. 

“I used to sneak them into school sometimes,” she said.

“A lot of parents would come in and comment about how it was nice to come in and see a little joey under the counter. 

“Sometimes I think that helped with the enrolment process too. How could you go past little joeys in the office and not want to come to school here?” 

Ms Starbuck said she would miss her time with the students but looked forward to spending more time with her family.  

“I will miss all the kids a lot – we have a great school community here,” she said. 

“Right from when I first started, the kids have just been so good to work with and the families are beautiful.

“Now I’m going to spend a bit of time with my daughter. She’ll be in Geelong soon with her new baby, who was born a couple of weeks ago. 

“I’ll just get out and do things that I haven’t been able to do.”


• Registered wildlife shelters and carers across the region have the opportunity to gain financial support through a State Government grants program.

The government’s 2020-21 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are now open with $200,000 available to help wildlife shelters and carers look after sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said another $30,000 would also be available to key wildlife institutions and priority projects.

People can visit to find out more.

To report a sick or injured animal people can call Wildlife Victoria’s hotline on 8400 7300.

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