St John's College

The St John’s Community was very sad to learn of the passing of Mrs Dot Herold earlier this week and paid tribute to this truly special and remarkable former member of the Preparatory team.

Dot served at the Prep with distinction for 16 years, where she ably supported then headmaster Mr Tim Evans from 1988, before becoming his full-time personal assistant in 1992.

"Dot was always the port of call for pupils and staff who had a problem. Her warm-hearted concern ensured that no one was ever turned away without her assistance. Her office was always a place for help and a haven for those who needed comfort and encouragement. "
Greater Than We Know: The History of St John’s Preparatory School 1898 - 2004 by Walter MacFarlane

While her job was to assist the Headmaster, she loved supporting the staff and boys. Many boys, now grown men, will remember her for her sparkling eyes, her warm laugh, her willingness to share her telephone (so they didn't have to use the tickey box) and the plush Tasmanian Devil that hung on her office door to diffuse the tension at exam time. She was the keeper of all the lost property, treats, confidences, and even a spare sports kit for the day ahead.

Her sons Gavin and Peter attended St John’s from Grade 0 to UV and matriculated from Alston House in 1997 and 1999. Her grandson, Thomas, currently in Lower III, is still flying the Herold family flag in the Prep.

Dot will be remembered with fondness, admiration and gratitude by all at St John’s who knew and loved her - the original