Dear Parents and caregivers,
In what has been an incredibly difficult decision, I would like to inform you of my impending retirement from Dianella Secondary College, effective from the end of Term 2. This is a decision that hasn’t been taken lightly, and I am sure that I will have some moments of regret, however I believe it is time for the school to have a new Principal, one who will provide some renewed enthusiasm and fresh ideas. That person is Ms Debra Unwin, a well-respected and experienced educator who brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm.
I have been extremely fortunate to be a member of such a rich and vibrant school community where I have never stopped learning. I speak of pride when people ask me about Dianella Secondary College and the journey I have been on for the past nine years. I speak about the qualities of our students, friendly, resilient and respectful. I talk about our supportive and caring parents and caregivers and a wider school community that has played a part in supporting our goals and aspirations.
I hope that I have been able to play a small part in shaping Dianella Secondary College into a school of choice for this community, a school that responds to the needs of the students and a school that shapes a positive future for them.
Education has certainly changed over the years, but one thing remains the same; care, respect, resilience and high expectations are critical elements of a successful school. Additionally, it is the strong relationships between the school and the community that binds us, I believe we have that in abundance.
I leave knowing that our school has a bright future with a new six million dollar Performing Arts Centre to be completed by July 2022, a one-million-dollar STEM Centre, rising enrolments and improving academic results.
So in closing I would like to thank you all for making me feel welcome, for supporting our school and caring about the future of your children. It has been a journey I will never forget or take for granted.