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Gene Moyle

Associate Professor and Psychologist

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Associate Professor Gene Moyle is the Head of the Dance Department at the Queensland University of Technology, and works in private practice as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Gene studied at Stuartholme School from 1985-1989.

Following school she graduated from the Australian Ballet School and QUT Dance. After having danced with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company and Queensland Ballet, Gene completed a Masters and Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Some career highlights include being a part of the Australian Winter Olympic Team at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and walking in the closing ceremony; dancing on stage in theatres around the world; working with some of the best elite athletes, performers and corporate teams across Australia including the Australian Ballet School, QLD Academy of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport, Energex, Sentis, VOICE and in her private practice – Gene Moyle Psychology.

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What do you find most rewarding?

I find it’s important to have a clear purpose and focus for helping other people. It hasn’t mattered what field of work I’ve been in, the same theme has applied. I’ve worked in the corporate sector and run leadership and development programs right through to working with Olympic winter sports and dance. The baseline for me has always been about making a difference for the people I work with. I think my background in psychology has helped with this a lot. It’s opened up a whole range of things for me, which I have loved. I love the diversity of the things I do and enjoy being involved in many different things.

Describe your time at School…

There are so many memorable moments that happened during my time at Stuartholme; it’s impossible to pick one. But I think overall the friendships and experiences I went through with my friends helped shape me significantly. Some of them are still my closest friends now, many years later. The opportunities we had in terms of performance, drama and even the House events were very important and memorable for me. The sporting days were also great. Even simple things like having classes with good friends and learning together were good memories. I guess the whole aspect of it, it wasn’t just the learning side, it was a wonderful community environment as well.

Who from Stuartholme influenced you?

There were a number of people at school who made a difference. Each teacher inspired a new area of my life. Their ability to foster your passion and interest in what you were great at was priceless. Learning was a collective whole at Stuartholme. Mr Turnbull in Ancient History was one of my favourite teachers. He really introduced me to my love of history that I still carry today. I’ve already done a Doctorate and a Master’s degree but maybe later on I’ll do a history related PHD. Once I retire and find some time.

Everyone brought their experiences and knowledge to the table and it ultimately helped me to decide what to study. The pastoral care from the Sisters was also important. Overall, it was Stuartholme that left an impact on me, not just one person.

What advice would you give to the girls?

Grab every opportunity that you can. My career has been very varied. Jumping from professional ballet to being a sports psychologist, working with underground coal miner’s, the Australian Olympic team, being the head of a university department and working with different organisations as a psychologist. I wouldn’t have had such a varied pathway if it weren’t for Stuartholme encouraging and believing in my abilities from such an early age. As a Stuartholme girl, I could do anything I wanted to do. It did require hard work though and we were told that it was important to apply yourself but we were never told to say no to opportunities. Try everything. Give every challenge a go.

Understand what the Scared Heart and Cor Unum philosophies are about and carry those values with you. Regardless of what it is that you do, being the best person that you can be is important. Simple things like mutual respect, saying please and thank you, expressing differing opinions in a constructive way, and remembering ‘it’s not what you say – it’s how you say it’ are all important points to remember. Give people an opportunity. That value set for me was really fostered during my time at Stuartholme and has helped lay the foundations for me of being an effective leader. It’s a privilege being a leader and you need to remember to care for people.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what job you have or what qualification you have, it’s about respecting others. How you build your career and your life directly impact on the kind of person you are. People will remember how you made them feel, not always what you said. This for me has been tried and tested throughout my career and in my life.

How are you now connected with the School?

For me my connection with the School in the future is important. It’s about giving back. I really want to stay in touch and use my expertise to help others. Whether that be through careers events or simply being a speaker at some parent-daughter breakfasts, it’s all important. My cohort at Stuartholme is really passionate about reunions; and we’ve had quite a few so far. In fact we have one coming up shortly. The events that happen within the Alumnae community are really special. I’m willing to come back and help in any capacity. For me, I really enjoy connecting with the students and helping them with their decisions when leaving school.


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