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Principal's welcome

Welcome to Term 4

I am delighted to commence term 4 as the new Principal of Caboolture State High School.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank Mrs Allyson Seymour for her service to the school as acting Principal.  It is very exciting to begin to immerse myself in a new school.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone in our school community and leading the school into the future.  Caboolture State High School is such a friendly, warm and welcoming place.  I really enjoyed visiting classes and seeing ‘learning in action’ in the last week of term 3.  It was lovely to meet so many positive staff and students as I had my first tour of the school.  I really value personal interactions and believe that forming supportive relationships is one of the keys to a successful school.  Because of this, I will be prioritising meeting with as many members of our school community as I can, so please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with me via our administration office staff, if you would like to touch base and share your views and/or perceptions of the school with me.

I am committed to building on the rich history of the school and seeing the motto “Making a difference today… for tomorrow” come to life for our students.  We can achieve this with:

• a narrow and sharp focus on our core business – teaching and learning; 

• a rich and viable curriculum;  

• engaging pedagogical practices; and

• the consistent application of the responsible behaviour plan.

At Caboolture our vision is for all students to achieve a quality education at our school that enables them to articulate into meaningful employment, further training or tertiary study.  I set the bar high in terms of my expectations on attendance, participation, uniform and behaviour, so that our vision can become a reality for all members of our school community.  I will encourage and challenge every one of our students to:

• move into the last term of 2018 with pride, enthusiasm and commitment to learning;

• take on student leadership, coaching and/or mentor roles within our student body;

• make the best contribution they possibly can to our school community;

• explore all the educational possibilities and curriculum options available to them;

• embrace difficult challenges as opportunities to grow and develop; and

• think seriously about what career options they are interested in.

I invite you all to join us in our work at Caboolture State High School to help us bring our values to life in our school community: 

Persistence – Never give up

Respect – respect yourself, others and the environment

Integrity – be honest and trustworthy

Diligence – give everything a go

Excellence – be the best you can be

My aim as the Principal is to:

• foster a genuine sense of belonging for the young people in our care based on our values;

• persistently explore strategies and ideas on how our teachers, students and parents can address individual students learning needs as identified in their academic, effort and behaviour results that link in with our strategic priorities; and

• continue to excite and inspire our school community about learning and enact our motto and vision.

I am looking forward to leading the school with the support of our leadership teams, the school council and P & C, as we work on our strategic priority areas:

1. Teacher pedagogy

2. Literacy

3. Numeracy

4. Positive learning culture

5. Pathways

and through these priorities creating some fabulous outcomes for our students and staff. 

My educational leadership history

To conclude I thought I would share some of my educational leadership history.  I began my career in education as a Science, Maths and Agriculture Teacher in a small rural secondary school in Moura, in central Queensland.  This was a fabulous school to hone my craft as a teacher and this is where I developed my passion for leadership.  After the birth of our first son I was appointed as the Science Head of Department and then the Deputy Principal in a large secondary school, Kepnock State High School in Bundaberg.  Our second son was born and we then moved to the Sunshine Coast where I worked as a Deputy Principal at Gympie State High School and then Sunshine Beach State High School.  For the last 6 years I have enjoyed my first Principal role at Meridan State College in Caloundra in the secondary campus. 

I am very humbled and excited to be the new Principal at Caboolture State High school and wish everyone the best for an exciting, engaging and productive term 4!

Kind regards

Fiona Free