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My 125 Moment – Dr Marina Alexander


Dr Marina Alexander

Head of Mathematics

When talking about memorable moments related to teaching and learning, it is difficult to choose a specific one as there are so many wonderful achievements from our students and all of them are special in their own ways.

However, I want to share a story that would only happen at Woodford House. In November 2013, our school goat gave birth to twins. For some reason, she chose her favourite, the male kid, and rejected the female. When I was walking on the School grounds, I noticed the situation and enquired to see if anyone knew what was going on with the female goat. I ended up looking after the kid when she was only three days old.

The School supplied me with special milk powder and a feeding bottle and I became a Mum to the little kid, which I called “Tikan”. This means ‘a baby goat’ in Georgian language, which made a cute name for her.

I took her home every afternoon and she became part of our family. My husband was very fond of her and they made a strong bond. She quickly became house trained and was growing day-by-day. Every morning we came to school together and she would spend the day on the School grounds playing happily with her twin brother. However, she was always kept at a distance from her mum.

At lunchtime I would run down to the paddock to feed her and she would patiently wait for me until school finished to go home together. This lasted about six weeks and, after that, she stayed on the School grounds permanently as she was mostly grazing. Interestingly, she was very sociable and loved the girls’ attention.

It was an interesting and very pleasant experience – I never thought goats were such intelligent creatures.

In 2019, Woodford House will celebrate its 125th anniversary as a leading school for girls. In the lead up to this significant milestone, we are sharing 125 Moments or Memories about Woodford House from a range of perspectives including Old Girls, Parents, Current Students, Staff and Board Members. We invite you to share your special moment here