I am very privileged to be in my first year as Principal at Wirreanda Secondary School. I am very committed to the improvement journey we have embarked on and the opportunities we can provide our students.
As we finish the end of Week 6 of Term 1 and take a breath over a long weekend, it’s also an opportunity to review the first 6 weeks and consider where to from here. My first month was marked by communicating with staff, leadership and students with my vision and aspirations as what we can achieve as a team. I have also spent considerable time in classroom, learning and yard areas and am very committed to this as a regular part of my ongoing schedule.
With my leadership team this included exploring concepts around:
A focus on continuous improvement
Intentional Leadership “ If your presence doesn’t make an impact, your absence won’t make a difference” Hattie
What they expect from me as their Principal and how they model these expectations in their own leadership.
Quality Teaching and Learning and the impact we have on this as leaders
Wirreanda Secondary School culture and how we impact on this as leaders “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept” David Morrison
Developing, and maintaining High Expectations “High Expectations are the key to everything” Sam Walton
I have included the link to the Google Presentation I initially created in Week 0 and continue to build on this when I work with the Executive Team.
One of the key activities I explored early on with leadership, whole staff, support staff and Governing Council was to ask “What do you expect from me as a leader and the Principal of Wirreanda Secondary School?”. This information was rich and interesting and included a range of different points of view. I plan to revisit this activity mid year when I gather feedback about my performance as Principal of Wirreanda Secondary School.
One of the key points that I focused on is that we are all on this journey together and it’s about building and challenging the capacity of all staff and leaders, including my own, to be exceptional at what we do. I initially termed this as “being accountable” but after some recent conversations with my critical colleague I now call this “shared responsibility”.
I’m confident in the first 6 weeks we have been able to set a clear framework to take our initial steps in doing this. I’m very lucky to have people on my team that are committed and passionate about this journey. The challenge from now is how we build on the start to the year and take new steps from the start of Week 7. How has your start to the year been and how can you build on this?
“Go forth and be bold and be fearless”