It is with great excitement and appreciation that I write to you, the St Brigid’s community, for the first time as the ongoing permanent Principal of the College. I would like to thank the appointment panel for the trust and confidence they have invested in me to lead this wonderful College.
In my first address to the students in January, I expressed my wish to see, with the help of all, St Brigid’s become the best school in the Wimmera, and even the State. Why not? People make great schools and the St Brigid’s community is made up of great people.
Throughout my 30 years as a teacher, starting in Ouyen in 1989, I have learnt that the most important element in quality teaching is to build positive relationships: with students, parents and colleagues. My goal is to continue to work on building relationships within the Horsham community. While I value the support and nourishment the faith community within the parish provides me, I am aware that not all families attend Mass regularly, so I commit to meeting you in your environment: at the football and netball, at the theatre or supermarket, down the street or in our outlying towns. I encourage you to introduce yourself if we have not already met.
For St Brigid’s to grow into the best school, I will maintain high expectations for all; students and staff (including myself) and ask for the support of families in implementing these expectations throughout the years. St Brigid’s motto is with Strength and Gentleness (or Kindness) and I believe this wisdom should be applied when setting our expectations and in our decision-making. I have been impressed with the welcoming nature of all in the College community and the familial knowledge our staff have.
Going forward, I would like to believe that we will work together to ensure St Brigid’s becomes the best school in the state, and while we may not always agree, that communication should be a two-way street. Mistakes will be made – we will be Brave, not Perfect. I cannot respond to concerns that I know little about and I pledge to be transparent in leading this wonderful community. I am looking forward to working with you in partnership to deliver a quality education to our students.
This week our school will be a little quieter as the Year 11's will be on retreat in Adelaide and the Yr10's will be participating in Work Experience. I thank the staff who have dedicated their week to ensuring this happens.
I would also like to welcome a pre-service teacher, Mr Matt Nield who will be joining us for his placement this Term.
Next week we celebrate '200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia' during Catholic Education Week as we join the Catholic Primary Schools with a celebration on Wednesday 26 May.