The College is delighted to be able to introduce our Primary Deputy, Mrs Edie Strutt. Edie commenced with Cornerstone back in 2007, and since that time, has proven herself to be a great asset to our community here. Edie holds a degree in Education and a Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties. Her passionate belief in Christian Education, partnered with decades of teaching and leadership experience, make her a natural fit for her position with us.
Edie was born and raised in London, and obtained her qualifications from the University of London’s Stockwell College. She completed her first degree with distinctions and worked for a rough inner-London school before taking time away from teaching to have a family.
Three children later, Edie was still teaching in a variety of relief and part-time roles whilst their family was raised in the suburbs of leafy Surrey. For seven years she was also co-leading in a vibrant ‘organic’ Christian fellowship where no doubt her evident pastoral gifting was honed.
Edie and Jonathan brought their family to Australia, believing that they heard the call of God to come to Perth. They were both heavily involved in the early years of Sonshine FM Christian radio inPerth.
It was during those wonderful seven years at home with her young family that Edie saw a great need for qualified special-needs teachers and so commenced further studies. When she returned to theUK in 1993 for her husband’s employment, Edie completed her RSA Diploma. Following this she was appointed Head of English to a Boys Private Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire. This was a feeder school to Eton, Rugby and other Independent Grammar Schools
Although extremely happy, eight years later she sensed a desire to again study, this time enrolling full-time with her husband at Ellel Bible School, Pierrepont . At the end of this course, Edie was offered a dream career post as Head of English at Windsor Castle School and would have been teaching some of the Queen’s grandchildren! However, she felt led to serve with Jonathan as ‘host’ to international students at the Ellel International Bible Training School. She was soon promoted to Head of School.
Three years later, in 2004, they returned to Fremantle where Edie was first a teacher, deputy, and then to become the principal of a small Christian school. The move to Cornerstone occurred in 2007.
Edie describes coming to Cornerstone as the happiest move of her career, and she loves the staff unity, all the children with their uniquely different characters, the loving atmosphere, and the supportive College Board of management. She also appreciates the co-operation of parents who care deeply about partnering a joint effort with the College for the very best for their children. Yet her greatest thrill, she says, is seeing ‘the lights go on’ as a child realises a truth for the first time, or that they now understand how to complete a ‘difficult’ task. As a compassionate, professional, competent teacher herself, she loves mentoring new teachers and leading the primary team.
Outside of the role she holds at Cornerstone, Edie enjoys cycling, the great outdoors, debating, cryptic crosswords and curling up with a good novel.
We are delighted to have Edie as part of our Cornerstone community, and know that those who encounter her will also be blessed.