I am looking forward to the
opportunity of being the foundation Principal of the new High School in
Calliope. A school that the community and government have worked hard to get
off the ground.
Thanks to Principal Mark
Wright for hosting me this term here at the primary school. A great opportunity
to meet students and see the community in action. The classrooms have been
really engaging. Out at play times I have enjoyed interacting with students and
soaking up the great Calliope SS atmosphere.
A little about myself. This
is my fourth school as Principal (I am getting old but still calmly relentless
about education). My last school was Barcaldine State School P-12, seven hours
west from here. I haven’t always been in education. Before entering education I
drove trucks, did some concreting and have worked security in clubs and pubs.
My knowledge of the Gladstone region has only been snippets from my son doing a
football carnival here and visiting for work as well. That was enough to decide
this would be the place to live. Calliope has a real community feel to it. I
have a daughter living here with me and she is attending Gladstone State High
School as she is in year 9. Another excellent school in Gladstone under the
leadership of Garry Goltz and Georgia is already enjoying her time there.
My approach as Principal:
Principal presence around the school
in terms of visibility and accessibility
Focus on teaching and learning as our
core business driven by evidence-based practice
Effective school communication internally
and with the broader parent and citizen community
Stepping out all actions and issues
methodically in a calm and reasonable way
Having signature programs that engage
students, relevant to the community and allow students to embrace the future
My school rules and student
management operate from three mantras:
Calm and reasonable
Attitude + Effort = Success
Fun Safe Play
So, what are the next steps?
a P & C together for the new school and working hard to get the important
‘nuts and bolts’ components of the school designed and constructed. Things like
the official school name, vision, logo, and motto. Design a uniform and have a
uniform policy. Input around the school that will meet the needs of our
sessions about what schooling will be in a daily sense with me as Principal of
the enrolment process and get out dates for enrolment interviews.
to get information out about the progress of the construction of the school.
at the aspects of differentiation and programs that make will the High School
unique and a place we can all be proud of and support.
for the Deputy Principal, Business Manager and Head of Department positions.
on top of construction so we have somewhere to be in 2020!
Our Parent session dates are as follows:
30 July, 6:00pm in the Administration building! Principal Presentation Parent
Session/ P&C creation/School name decided
ü A start on Vision, Logo, Motto,
Values as ‘We Value’, School Rules
ü A start on design of uniform
ü A start on signature programs
that make CSHS unique and caters to community
ü Communications platforms for Term
3. Communication platforms for Term 4.
ü Parent and community further
14August, 6:00pm! In the Administration building. Principal
ü Lock in Vision, Logo, Values that
‘We Value’, School Rules
ü School uniform decision
ü Signature program rollout over
four years decided
ü Parent and community further
ü Next steps
I am looking forward to meeting as
many people as I can over the next six months before the school officially
opens in 2020. If you would like to meet me, have a meeting or chat please
contact me on the following:
Calliope State Primary phone
number: 4975 8333
Principal of the new Calliope High School