The heart of a School – its people.
Recently, I and several of our staff had the pleasure of visiting our Kinross Wolaroi communities in Dubbo and Bourke. Two excellent gatherings of current, future and past families afforded great occasion to catch up with friends and to hear a little of the many activities and developments that are taking place at the School.
Such occasions powerfully reinforce one of the very strong aspects of Kinross Wolaroi, one that greatly impressed Josephine and I on our arrival – that very rich and tangible sense of community that pervades our School. It is evident when families experience difficulties and at times of hardship, at school events and in the way so many contribute and support our school. The enthusiasm shown by a great number of our local community to support our pioneering and innovative educational program, the Regional Engagement Enterprise, our TREE initiative is a clear demonstration.
The most precious element of any school or community, is its human resources, a component of far greater worth than bricks and mortar – our built environment will ever be. This is not to say our surrounds are not important, because they certainly are, and as Sir Winston Churchill reminded us ‘We shape our buildings there after they shape us’. But a school is so much more than a collection of buildings; it is a shared collection of ideals and ideas; of values and cultural history … but most of all it is a collection of people; a community where students, teachers and parents lie at its heart.
One of the great joys of leading a school is the immense privilege of engaging staff who can inspire and motivate our students to become the very best they can be.