Yesterday marked the 2024 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. At BSSC we are fortunate to have a huge range of Science subjects available which wouldn’t be possible without the invaluable work of our Laboratory Technicians, Sue Treloar and Dot Andison.

Dot studied a Diploma of Biochemistry at the Bendigo Institute of Technology (BIT) before going on to work at BIT for many years, which we now know as La Trobe University. Dot’s favourite practicals to prepare are for Biology and Environmental Science. In her spare time, Dot loves listening to ACDC, sewing and motorbikes.

Sue studied Year 12 at Bendigo Senior and then returned to study a Certificate IV in Laboratory Technology as a mature aged student. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry at Biochemistry at La Trobe University in Bendigo. Sue worked in various laboratories –including Coliban Water – before returning to La Trobe where she was trained by Dot! Sue worked at La Trobe in the anatomy lab working with cadavers as well as in the paramedicine and exercise physiology departments.  In her spare time, Sue is a recreational pilot and an apiarist (beekeeper).

Sue came to BSSC in 2011 and Dot in 2022 and are critical to the successful running of our Science programs. When students study a Science subject at BSSC, whether it be Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology or Allied Health they will attend practical classes. Students arrive and all the materials, specimens and equipment are set up and ready to go – all thanks to Sue and Dot.

They are the unsung heroes and the backbone of the Science department, where they go above and beyond their job description to make sure our students and staff have the best opportunity to learn and teach.