Martyn Smith, writing about Wesley College

(September, 1994, for the 'The Chronicle' magazine)

Mrs Barbara Lynch's Headship of the Glen Waverley Campus saw the campus reach its full development as a Beginners to Year 12 co-educational school. 

At the time of her leaving during 1994, a pre-Beginners class had commenced and Senior College students were able to undertake an additional year of their secondary education.

Appointed to the Prahran Campus Mathematics Faculty in 1985, Mrs Lynch became Head of Glen Waverley in 1986.  During the crucial years that followed, she provided a gentle, firm hand to guide the growth of the campus.

The most visible sign of her leadership is Glen Waverley's Senior College. 

Mrs Lynch's preparation of its creation was meticulous.  Her architectural brief continues to be acclaimed and similarly important was her complementary inspiration of the Senior College's first students from their youngest Junior School years. 

The building's official opening by Sir Ninian Stephen, its extroverted, high outlook and its ongoing educational life all mark this lasting contribution by Mrs Barbara Lynch to Wesley College Melbourne. 

Although unfulfilled, the plans for re-establishing Wesley's Boarding House at Glen Waverley were detailed by Mrs Lynch in a similar fashion to her Senior College brief. 

Arising from this extensive work and in conjunction with Wesley's partner schools overseas, Mrs Lynch generated an expanding Homestay Program which now provides accommodation for visiting students and teachers and full-time students.  This, too, is a distinctive feature of Mrs Lynch's Headship.

Mrs Lynch always guarded the interests of the students.  Each one was a complexity whose attributes and shortcomings, successes and failures required full and sensitive understanding.  Mrs Lynch listened thoughtfully, asked pertinent questions and made careful judgements.  Many are glad for this.

Farewelled fondly at functions held towards the end of the first semester, Mrs Lynch received the best wishes of the school, her hard-working, intelligent leadership, care and friendship gratefully acknowledged.

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