New principal wants to make a good school ‘even better’
IT'S a year of change for Summerland Christian College with a new principal, new learning spaces and a refurbishment of classrooms.
The principal, David Roach, recently moved to the Northern Rivers for the job.
He said he was keen to use his experience as the former assistant regional director of Central Queensland, as well as knowledge from his time as the principal of eight different schools over 26 years, to "make a good school even better".
"One of my passions is to focus on the strengths of every individual and maximise the personal and academic gains we can make with them," he said.
"My next couple of months is about really seeing what this school has done historically well in and to just walk around getting to know it.
"My vision is to enhance it, to give it a lift, to use the experience I've had in a range of settings to add another layer to this school."
Over the school holidays Summerland Christian College had five new classrooms built while two other rooms got new paint, floors and cabinetry put in.
Mr Roach said one of the most exciting additions to the school was a flexible learning space.
"That's modern 21st century building designs with natural light and children moving from the old model of education into how young people like to work today," he said.
As an assistant regional director in Queensland, Mr Roach looked after 200 schools around his region.
"I supervised the schools, selected principals, measured school performance, worked with schools to improve school performance and learning outcomes, and (collected) parent-teacher-student opinions of the school," he said.
"That was a fantastic role ... but my heart in education is with people at ground level, so making sure the school provides a place where there's that connection between the school, the family and the child in the middle.
Mr Roach said one of his greatest accomplishments as a principal was building a new school up from 126 students to 800 students in five years.