When Branch Councillors come together and make decisions – what they say goes! We thought you should get to know them better. This week we hear from Principal Julie Argent – one of the most entertaining participants so far!

Branch Council’s collective decisions reign supreme so it’s a good idea you get to know your local Councillor. Branch Council meets each Term to debate, discuss and endorse policy. Councillors represent you so you’re strongly encouraged to share your views, ideas and proposals for motions with them.

Let’s meet Julie Argent, Principal at Latrobe Primary School.

Current workplace: Latrobe Primary School.

Previous two workplaces: Forth Primary School, Spreyton Primary School

How did you get into education? I started school in Prep when I was six and haven’t missed a day at school since 1969… I just keep turning up!

What couldn’t you live without and what are your three favourite things? I couldn’t live without family, laughter, friends and imagination.

What are your three favourite things? My three favourite things are live music, holidays and creating opportunities.

Thinking about your workplace, if you had a magic wand what would you wish for? Every day every child tries her/his best, gives her/his peers a fair go and makes friends for life.

Why union? I’m inspired by the collective power of passionate people who support and inspire others and see a challenge as an opportunity.

How do you like to wind down and relax? Heading out for a ride on my scooter, but remember us ‘P-platers’ don’t exceed 80km per hour on the highway…hardly gets the wind in my hair?

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you eat? I’d invite Helen Mirren, James Corden, Judi Dench and Dawn French for dinner. My hunch is karaoke car pool would be on the menu!

What’s a defining moment in your life? My mother dying unexpectedly in her 66th year.

Give us a tip about dealing with kids. Listen five-times longer than you talk.

Who inspires you? Family and friends who are living with mental health issues.

Why did you become a Councillor? Initially, as a beginning teacher, I was inspired by the leadership of former AEU presidents Penny Cocker and Jean Walker, and I’ve been a pro-active AEU member ever since.

What is it about working with kids that gets you out of bed each morning? Children keep it real – they challenge you, puzzle you, surprise you, motivate you, they respond to high expectations and they often identify school as their safe place.

What do you daydream about? Free choosing.