Mr Matthew Hurley

English Teacher

In this edition of The Spotlight Series we get to know one of our sensational English teachers: Mr Matthew Hurley. Matthew has been at Kolbe since 2021 and uses his extensive expertise to support students, graduate teachers and colleagues.

Matthew Hurley

What is your role at Kolbe?
English Teacher

What does a typical day at Kolbe look like for you?
Encouraging students to get their excellent ideas out of their heads and on a page so that we can work on articulating it even better. Also, meeting and greeting staff and students along the way.

What do you love most about working at Kolbe Catholic College?
The opportunities here for me to help people grow.

What is your favourite book to read?

Favourite non-fiction is 'Moneyball'. Other than that everything from William Shakespeare, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.

What is your favourite food?

Pretty much everything!

What is your favorite travel destination?

Japan has a special place in my heart.

What was your first job?

I mowed lawns in the days before Jim made it a franchise.

What are some of your pet peeves?

Litter, the return of the '80s hairstyles.

What is your favourite hobby?


What is your hidden talent or something we mightn't know about you?

I'm a reasonably good wood worker. Just finished building an electric bass and am now learning to play it.

What is your favourite sporting team?

I have a few: Chicago Cubs, Carlton Blues, Newcastle United FC, Ottawa Senators.

What is your favorite quote?

Man makes plans and God laughs

How do you think people would describe you?

Tall. Mostly but not always serious. Wordy.

What is your favourite joke?

What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you want to have?

Pen and paper to write and draw with. My memories.

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