Vicky was born, raised and educated in Adelaide the capital city of South Australia. After qualifying with a Bachelor of Education Degree majoring in Drama from Adelaide College of the Arts and Education she began a teaching career that has spanned more than 30 years, in rural South Australia. It has taken her to China, Japan, Thailand and Tanzania and included teaching Drama, English, Chinese and ESL. Some of the many highlights were managing the intensive secondary English course for international students in an international school in Adelaide, leading student trips to both Japan and China and teaching herself Chinese while living in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan. She is an avid swimmer and cyclist and enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, photography and fine wines. Vicky spent two years (2011 & 2012) at Rangjung Higher Secondary School in eastern Bhutan with her husband, Ian Swift who was teaching at Rangjung Lower Secondary School. It was only after she had left that she realised just how much she missed the students, the landscape, the philosophy and the other worldliness of Bhutan so she is back for a second experience.
Story from the field
A photography club in Rangjung
In Rangjung, BCF teacher Vicky has gone above and beyond the call of duty to start a photography club. Currently, the photography club has one camera, which Vicky brought with her from Australia. Over the school year, Vicky and her club of enthusiastic and talented members worked incredibly hard to raise funds to purchase new cameras so that each class level might have its own chapter of the club. BCF matched the funds raised by the club and new cameras were purchased during the school break. Vicky sent BCF a fantastic email detailing the great success of the club.
“Finally I have almost collected all the funds I set out to and the final figures are available. We sold an amazing total of 3,087 photographs and made 5 ngultrums on each one, so our total raised is 15, 435 nu!
I have researched the camera situation and with your support we should be able to buy 4 x Canon Powershot A3300IS cameras and some spare batteries and SD cards for them. This would mean that each class level would have a camera of their own and that our club should be able to grow to 4 times its current size. These cameras have good specs and rechargeable batteries and come in different colours making it easier for me to keep track of which camera belongs to which year level.
Tomorrow night will be Rangjung Secondary High School’s Award Night and the student co-ordinator of the club will be given a certificate and as it turns out she will also get a prize for having sold the greatest number of photographs this year. This achievement is all the more astounding as she stopped being a club member at the beginning of this semester to focus on her studies, as she is in Class XII. Her Name is Khandu Dema. I will announce at the assembly tomorrow that we will be able to buy the cameras and the exact funds raised so that the students concerned are all aware of the results of their hard work.”