SA Branch News

Message from the Branch President, Warren Symonds


We are well past the halfway point of the term and gearing up for a change of semesters for school-based leaders. With the busyness of our roles, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work we face daily.

As leaders, we all juggle a diverse range of balls, and it's essential to look after ourselves. A few strategies I use are:

  1. Take some time to smell the roses: this is where I spend 5 minutes to reflect on what is going well around me and the things that are working well
  2. Go for a walk. This could be a 5-10 minute walk or wondering the schoolyard during break times
  3. Place in my diary some time for myself. I book out 15 minutes to do something that I enjoy.

Building Trust

I also want to draw your attention to our next professional learning opportunity. Martyn Anderson (Immanuel College) is facilitating our next session on Thursday, 10 June. The presentation delivered by Dr Paul Browning will explore key practices that can help school leaders and teachers build and develop the skills to become more trustworthy leaders.

Dr Paul Browning (PhD, MEd Admin (Hons), BEd, DipTeach) has been a Headmaster for 20 years. In 2008, Dr Browning was appointed as Headmaster of St Paul's School. Upon his arrival, Paul led St Paul's School through a major restructure to create a unique middle management model designed to coach and develop teachers in key 21st-century pedagogies. One of Paul's passions is leadership and school culture. He believes that trust is the fundamental resource for successful leadership and a healthy school culture. His PhD research into the practices that engender trust was nominated for an outstanding thesis award and won an Executive Dean's commendation from the Queensland University of Technology. He is the author of Compelling Leadership: The importance of trust and how to get it and Principled: 10 Leadership Practices for Building Trust.

This is an online presentation, and you are welcome to watch it either individually online or watch it on-site at Immanuel College.

ACEL Retired Leaders Lunch Meeting

Jean Lomax has confirmed that the guest speaker for the lunch will be Mike Dumbleton, Children's author, and the team is looking forward to catching up during the next lunch meeting on Wednesday, 16 June, starting at 12 pm at The Robin Hood Hotel, Portrush Road, Kensington.

2021 ACEL SA Fellowship Award: Kerry White

Kerry White has transformed Holy Family Catholic school from a small Catholic Parish School to a growing and pivotal member in Catholic education SA offering for primary use education in the northern suburbs, a school with an ICSEA value of 988, and 48% of pupils from a Language background other than English. Under Kerry White's leadership, his team has implemented innovations related to developing an early learning program, ongoing overall improvement in numeracy and literacy, innovative well-being programs and initiatives, and a learning culture fostering postgraduate studies. Furthermore, his team have been awarded a significant grant to establish a fish farm on-site to teach young children about the environment and sustainability.

Kerry White's impact is evident against the Australian professional standards for principles focusing upon leading teaching and learning, leading improvement innovation and change. The work of the Holy Family Catholic school staff under Kerry White's exemplary leadership has been recognised internationally. Evidence of national coverage of his leadership can be found here.

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