Farewell and Thank You to the Dean, Ms Raphaela Oest

After six years as the Dean, Raphaela Oest and her partner Simon (and Electra and Woody) will vacate the Cottage at St Mark’s which they have called home during this time.

End of year celebrations at the recent Final Dinner provided the perfect opportunity to thank Raph (as she is fondly known) for her dedication to the College during this time.  The enormous affection and respect with which Raph is held was evident at the dinner.

Raph has played a vital role in the progress and improvement of student led events supporting the Committee as they planned their events, always challenging their aim and purpose to help them understand the importance of alignment to the College’s Values.  She has been an ever-present Dean from cheering sports on the sidelines at weekends and being there for students any hour of the day or night.  Raph has worked tirelessly and with absolute loyalty behind the scenes – with no task too great or too small.

Next year, Raph will continue her work at the College on a part time basis around cultural renewal and special projects whilst commencing her Master of Business Administration.