Vale Clare Payne
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of bassoon tutor and primary music specialist Clare Payne, after a long and brave battle with cancer.
Clare was part of the School community for over thirty years and made an outstanding contribution as a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. She played a significant role in shaping music at all three campuses.
Clare began her career in her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. After an initial post as a primary school teacher, she moved to Australia in the early 1980s to further her bassoon studies. Her early professional career was as a bassoonist with the Victorian Wind Quintet in Bendigo before moving to Sydney to freelance and teach.
Clare first taught bassoon at College Street from 1986 to 1988. She took some time out to raise her sons and returned in 1995 where she continued to teach with enthusiasm and passion until her illness in 2020 forced her to stop.
In 1998 Clare began teaching at Edgecliff Preparatory School. During her twenty years at Edgecliff she taught classroom music to infant classes, conducted ensembles and accompanied numerous Combined Preparatory School Orchestra tours to WA, NZ and Singapore. Clare also taught Science from 2010-2013, during which time she established the corner veggie garden, ran the popular gardening club and installed the sundial in the playground with the able assistance of the Year 4 boys. She also coached junior t-ball and football teams at Edgecliff.