From the Acting Executive Principal

6 June 2018

Tony WoodAs you may know, Mr Sloman is away for four weeks on sabbatical leave. It’s a wonderful opportunity for him to immerse himself in the latest thinking and research around leadership development and coaching methodologies aimed at developing people. I am looking forward to being challenged by this new knowledge when he returns. As a strong advocate of the power of coaching to help grow people, the practical implications have the potential to contribute significantly in enhancing the quality of teaching and of leadership across the Moreton Bay Colleges.

In the meantime I am very honoured to have been asked to act in the role of Executive Principal during these four weeks and look forward to involving myself further across both Colleges. I am committed to a “business as usual” approach and am confident that with only three weeks of term remaining the boys and girls will remain focussed and engaged.

Last week Mr Sloman and I were involved in the Board’s strategic planning weekend. The discussions were rich, passionate and thoughtful. The feedback that parents, students and staff provided by way of the surveys was invaluable in helping us to see the things that mattered most to our community, and together with a comprehensive environmental scan, allowed us to develop clarity around the future direction of the Colleges. There is still a lot of work to do to synthesise the feedback and conversations but I am excited by what the future holds.

Whatever the final outcome of this planning I know that at the centre of our thinking is each and every child. We want our children to have the attitudes, attributes and skills so critical for them to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Underpinning these, of course, are our values. Our values are important because they help us to grow and develop. They help us to create the future we want to experience.

The decisions we make are a reflection of our values and beliefs, and they are always directed towards a specific purpose. That purpose is the provision of an outstanding experience for boys and  in an inclusive and support Christian culture.

When we use our values to make decisions, we make a deliberate choice to focus on what is important to us. When values are shared, they build internal cohesion in an organisation. Indeed the strength in having two unique Colleges engaging together as one community, allows us to draw on the deep networks of relationships that exist.

A wonderful example of this recently was the combined efforts of our two schools in raising awareness and much needed funds for the Yalari Foundation. This particular focus was at the heart of recognising and advancing reconciliation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Yalari is a foundation set up to assist young indigenous people gain access to educational opportunities they might not otherwise enjoy. The care, respect and commitment shown by our students towards reconciliation is something of which we can by very proud.

Kind regards,

Tony Wood
Acting Executive Principal

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