Faces of Clonard
Brendan Ryan has been a member of the teaching staff at Clonard for 13 years. In that time, Mr Ryan has played a central role teaching in the English, Humanities and Religion subject areas and has also held the role of Debating Coordinator. Mr Ryan’s passion lies in the teaching of English, particularly introducing students to the power of books, encouraging them to read and to appreciate the wonder of reading.

In his time at Clonard, Mr Ryan has experienced the privilege of accompanying students to our partnership Indigenous community of Ampilitawatja and notes this as one of his highlights at Clonard. However, working with students and being surprised and enthralled by the different ways that students learn is the greatest gift.

Outside of Clonard, Mr Ryan has just released his 7th book, a memoir. Walk Like a Cow: One of ten children, Ryan grew up on a dairy farm at Panmure. Walk Like a Cow explores his upbringing, the western district including his experiences in the Ash Wednesday bushfires, and of making the inevitable transition to life in the city. It is a memoir from someone who grew up in the country, but has never quite left it behind.

Thank you, Mr Ryan for all that you do for our students and good luck with your latest book release.