a Scientologist—Australian Educator, Clare Trafford:
Empowering Future Generations
her “Meet a Scientologist” video, Clare Trafford
shares her belief that education should empower children to accomplish
their dreams. Her profile is one of 150 “Meet a
Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website.
New York, NY (Vocus) October 15, 2010
Clare Trafford, teaching is not just a job—it’s an
investment in the future. In a video on the Scientology website, she
describes her life as principal of an independent school in Sydney,
Australia, and the joy she derives from equipping generations of
students with the skills they need to accomplish their dreams.
with status, Trafford is as comfortable teaching in the classroom and
driving the school bus as she is seeing to the legal and corporate
requirements of the school and attending the obligatory meetings.
“I enjoy my friends and I enjoy my family and I enjoy being
with people,” she says.
came to work at the Athena School, an independent primary and high
school, when she learned about the technology of study developed by L.
Ron Hubbard and discovered it was used there. She wanted it for her
School takes a very personalized approach to education. If a child
falls behind, he gets help catching up. “It is not a matter
of marching them into the next grade because the end of the year
came,” says Trafford. The teachers work out what each student
needs, students are put into the correct class for their ability and
they are tutored to bring them up to the level of their group.
can take a child who is willing and teach him whatever he wants to
know, because our product here is students who are able to go out into
the world and pursue their dreams,” says Trafford.
school also uses The Way to Happiness, a non-religious moral code based
wholly on common sense. “Everyone works together as a team
and looks after each other, with few if any issues amongst the
staff,” Trafford says.
philosophy carries over to their attitude toward the children.
“One of the most important things is treat others the way
you’d like them to treat you, and try not to do things to
others that you wouldn’t like them to do to you. I think if
everyone lived by that rule, we’d do very, very well. And
that’s what we teach them right at the start.”
kids at the school know it is safe to tell the truth,” she
says. “When people know it is not dangerous to be honest,
they don’t become embroiled in covering things up, afraid of
what will happen if they are found out.”
decision to work at the school and educate her own children there has
paid off. “My children are teenagers now and we have a great
relationship,” says the mother of three. “I wanted
my family to be raised the way I wanted to be raised. Scientology has
given me the tools to be able to do that.”
don’t want to miss out on today,” says Trafford,
“but you also want to be looking forward to the future and
future included turning over her functions at Athena School and taking
on a new career. Trafford is now Executive Director of the Church of
Scientology of Sydney, through which she can help her entire community
as she and her family have been helped.
Clare Trafford’s video at http://www.Scientology.org.
popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the
Church of Scientology International Video Channel at Scientology.org
now total 150 broadcast-quality
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digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April
2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to
launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been
viewed by millions of visitors.