Term 3 is off to an exciting start, with 12 Buckets celebrating a newly formed partnership with Boyare Primary School, as well as welcoming Tim Rutter, our newest staff member, who will be based at Boyare as School Liaison.
Tim brings with him a wealth of skills and experience when it comes to working alongside children and young people, and we are already enjoying having him as part of our team.
One of the first projects Tim will head up for 12 Buckets is the soon-to-be launched debating program, made possible by the generosity of international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, and in collaboration with our four participating schools.
We recently asked Tim a few questions about what inspires him and why he's chosen to join the 12 Buckets family.
So, who is Tim Rutter?
Okay, so I'm a husband and dad. I have a very energetic boy, Darcy, and two very energetic dogs. I'm an outdoors person, and really into sports. When I can't be outside, I enjoy movies. I'm a very dedicated Eagles fan, do a bit a scuba diving, and enjoy fishing - basically anything outdoors or beach oriented. I don't mind cooking, and really like red wine.
I'm pretty relatable and enjoy getting along with most people. I'm even better with kids, and I'm good at getting them to open up. I've been working kids as a youth worker in some manner since before I left high school.
Why 12 Buckets?
The opportunity to work alongside kids, and see them reach their potential. Hopefully, together with other members of the 12 Buckets team, I can be a big part of them getting there. I'm a people person, and I love the enthusiasm and energy kids have. I'm pretty much a big kid, which helps.
What gives you life?
Watching my son, Darcy, grow up: he is the most enthusiastic, energetic, never-stop-moving kid I have ever met, and he is totally awesome. The other is being with people. Paper work and admin drains me, so my day normally starts with that, before I get my kicks from being with people.
What, or who, inspires you?
My granddad. We've always been close, and he is the perfect grandparent. He still visits me once a week, even when I'm at work, and brings me lunch. He is incredibly loving, has more real and true friends than anyone I know, and I don't think I've ever heard him say anything negative about anyone.
Who are your mentors?
A dude called Rod; He's pretty wise, insightful, learned, thoughtful and a caring guy: a pretty big part of who I am today. I have another one named Paul, but he lives in England, so we're trying to set up a convenient and regular Skype mentoring session.
You've just begun as School Liaison at Boyare Primary School - how's your experience so far?
Boyare Primary School is where I'll be working from. It's a great school, located in Mirrabooka, and culturally diverse, with children from many different backgrounds. I have received a great reception from the school and it's really excited about the future that working with 12 Buckets will bring, as am I.
Welcome aboard, Tim!