Spotlight On: Ms Ashton Arthur

Posted March 26, 2024 in Interviews & Spotlights, Teacher Spotlights By Sophie Foster

Middle School teacher Miss Ashton Arthur is a die-hard Dockers fan who believes a Premiership is on the horizon. She also believes in learning from setbacks.


What do you want students to take away from a year in your class?

My greatest reward is seeing them leave, not just with knowledge, but with newfound boldness and self-assurance. I aim for my students to depart with an understanding of themselves that was previously unexplored. Witnessing my students transform from timid newcomers to confident individuals fills me with joy. Throughout the year, I emphasise the importance of embracing one’s true self. Every day, I strive to create an environment where each student feels empowered to shine brightly as their authentic selves.

Is Wesley a special place? If so, why?

Wesley College is a very special place. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Wesley Community. When I say ‘Community,’ I’m referring to the strong bonds between parents, students, teachers, and staff throughout the College. Each day, I’m reminded of what makes Wesley so unique, and it’s the vibrant energy of constant activity – whether it’s in sports, academics, or assemblies. Wesley truly offers a welcoming environment for everyone, thanks to the incredible educators and staff, and the dynamic atmosphere.

Sport is a key part of Wesley life. Are you a sport fan?

I’m a die-hard Fremantle Dockers supporter, among the most passionate you’ll find. My family and I became Fremantle Members when we relocated from South Africa to Australia 12 years back. While some may argue we chose the ‘wrong’ WA AFL team, I firmly believe in the brewing purple haze, sensing a Premiership on the horizon (fingers crossed)! Back in school, I competed as a State Tennis player, and now, every year, I make the trip to Melbourne for the Australian Open. I also thoroughly enjoy kicking back on the couch during the Summer of Cricket.

Is there someone who inspired you to become a teacher?

My older sister, a teacher herself, used to constantly rope me into playing her ‘teacher-teacher’ game when we were younger. It seems her passion for teaching rubbed off on me, and I’m grateful for that influence now.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

Embrace your uniqueness and always strive to give your best effort. Authenticity breeds success and fulfillment. Remember, comparison stifles growth; focus on your journey. Be kind to yourself, celebrate victories, and learn from setbacks. Cultivate resilience and determination. Your path is yours alone; make it remarkable by being true to yourself and committing to excellence in all endeavours.

Who or what inspires you to do your best?

This question proved to be the most challenging for me to answer. Naturally, all the typical responses came to mind: my parents, siblings, colleagues, or a teacher from my own educational background. Yet, the students I teach/interact with kept coming up. I strive to do my best for the students who walk into my classroom each day. I want to ensure that everything I am teaching, is being absorbed by every student staring back at me. I want to do my best so that the students can then ultimately do their best!

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