Director of Admissions, Mrs Leah Blyth
Pembroke School is delighted to welcome Leah Blyth as its new Director of Admissions. Here our Director of Development and Communications Hannah Bone puts a few questions to Leah to introduce her to our School community …
What interested you about joining Pembroke School?
Pembroke has a reputation for educational excellence—Pembroke old scholars that I met during my time in the tertiary sector always seemed to be well-rounded exceptional young people. I saw an opportunity to be part of something incredible, something that aligns with my values.
What are some of the most memorable experiences of your previous jobs?
A standout for me was when I went to the USA with the Adelaide Law School and hosted 25 of our best Law students, two practitioners and two wonderful professors. We visited the Pentagon, met the President’s (Obama) General Council, were the only non-American citizens ever allowed to enter the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) Control Room, attended a lecture at Harvard Law School and were guests at the Naval War College—it was an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The transformation of the students over our 2-week study tour was a privilege to watch.
What is your main goal for your first year as Director of Admissions?
Not to break anything! The School has an outstanding reputation in the community locally and internationally. In my first year I want to be respectful of the work my predecessors have done—I need to understand every aspect of the School. From there I will evolve, change, plan and strategise the best way forward to ensure I do my part to secure Pembroke’s longstanding reputation of excellence in the community well into the future.
What’s your favourite Pembroke experience so far?
I would have to say an incredible family I had the privilege to meet and then tour around the School campuses. The excitement and awe of the possibilities that Pembroke could offer was truly humbling. It really reinforced to me why I wanted to join a community like Pembroke and why I love my new job.
What are three words that describe you?
Approachable, fair and trustworthy.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Coffee. Thoughtful gestures and smiles.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I’d love to access the historical archives of the Vatican and the British royal family—to just immerse myself in historical artefacts. I could spend my life wandering through Europe exploring the old castles, cathedrals and ancient ruins.
Which three famous people would you invite to a dinner party—and why?
Daniel Craig—I am a huge James Bond fan.
Alienor of Aquitaine—I’m in awe of her; an incredible woman, years ahead of her time, the wife of two kings and the mother of three.
Queen Elizabeth ll—another formidable woman I am in awe of; I’d love to see what she’s really like.
Who do you admire most in your life?
My grandfather was a wonderful man. He brought his family to Australia so that his children and grandchildren would have access to better education and lifestyle. I admire his courage, wisdom and foresight and the values he instilled in us.