Joan Pratt (1947-2022) SJC Staff Member - 1990 - 2004

We pay tribute and respect to former staff member Joan Pratt, who was integral to the fabric of St Joseph’s College from late1990 through to 2004.

Joan moved to Geelong to commence working at SJC as a Laboratory Technician and later transitioned to the role of Laboratory Manager. Throughout her tenure, Joan made a significant contribution to the Science faculty and to the education of all students. She was a driving force behind the planning and upgrade of the E Block science laboratories and provided ongoing support for the implementation of the middle school vertical “Pathways” structure, introduction of VCE Psychology and Environmental Sciences units, the implementation of Risk Assessment and the inception of National Science Week camps to Canberra.

Joan’s enthusiasm, innovative approach and devotion to enhance the profile of Science, ensured a vast array of experiences, availed through the integration of guest speakers, excursions, involvement in academic pursuits and immersions in Science Week experiences.

High-profile guest speakers for Science week included; Tim Flannery, Peter Garrett and David Brown. Joan revelled in the challenge of aligning activities with the annual Science Week themes and in 1997, with the theme “Flight,” a hot air balloon was tethered to the back of Carey Oval for students and staff to enjoy rides throughout the day. Other activities undertaken at SJC throughout Joan’s time included; Chanel 7 TXU Air-watch Program, Sound house tour, Swinburne travelling Science Show, “Star Lab” (portable planetarium), Solar Shuttle, Professor Bunsen, CSIRO Forensic Frenzy and Gene Technology workshops, Water Watch, Solar Car Challenge and the infamous annual Year 8 “Egg Drop” and Year 7 “Rubber Band Powered Vehicle” Challenges.

Joan was a wonderful staff member and revered by all colleagues she worked closely with on a daily basis, especially in the Science faculty. Often referred to “Aunty Joan”, she provided ongoing support to staff, working with teachers to ensure all practical activities ran successfully and safely and she was a wonderful mentor for new staff to the Science faculty. Joan always treated the staff at SJC with great respect and no task was ever too difficult.

Upon retiring, Joan spent her later years residing in Portarlington and relished in the lifestyle afforded by living on the Bellarine Peninsula and in close proximity to the beach.

Joan leaves behind two fabulous daughters; Anna and Kate and six grandchildren.

“Whilst we will no longer hear your steps, you will forever walk with us in our hearts; full of gratitude for your legacy left with us”