I hold SKPS staff in the highest regard and fully support them in their endeavours. It does however pull on my heartstrings when staff choose to leave our divine school to follow their dreams. This is the case for Eric McCann, James Clapham and Dayna Roy.
I would love to share with our community that Eric McCann has been appointed as Assistant Principal of Albert Park Primary School. Eric has meet with his new school’s leadership team and will spend further time with the staff of Albert Park prior to commencing in his new role in 2020. I am thrilled to say that Eric will still be in our Beachside Network, which means we will regularly be seeing him in a professional capacity.
Eric, as a Lead Learning Specialist at SKPS, has been instrumental in the development of curriculum, leading teams, developing our School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plans, organising camps, major events and most importantly being an extraordinary teacher who has made a huge difference to the lives of our children. We will miss his great sense of humour, his unique approach to life and his friendship.
I would love to congratulate James Clapham who will be commencing the next exciting phase of his career at Woodleigh School, an independent school. James will commence at one of the junior campuses, Minimbah. James will further broaden his teaching experiences by working at Minimbah, a school that is quite different to SKPS.I know he will be a significant contributor to the learning that occurs in his new setting.
James, a Leading Teacher at our school, has been a significant driver of curriculum development, particularly literacy, in the junior years. James has developed and implements our school’s Literacy Intervention program, which has made such a difference to many children this year. James has been a highly valued member of our leadership team, contributing substantially to all discussions, offering rich and differing viewpoints across all matters. He is a deep, reflective thinker. James has also well supported many staff in regard to their professional development. As for Eric, James has been instrumental in the development of curriculum, leading teams and developing our School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plans. His warmth, gentleness and big heart will be missed.
Dayna Roy, seems to have just arrived and now is leaving! Dayna is a truly amazing teacher who has the most wonderful rapport with all children. For such a young teacher, she is wise beyond her years and has an incredible gift in connecting deeply with children. Her approach to wellbeing is extraordinary. Dayna works incredibly hard, is highly professional and has a genuine warmth about her. Rarely do I see Dayna without a smile. She is extremely proactive and every time I look at our new ‘Harmony Hub’, I will think of Dayna.
Dayna will shortly travel to Africa where she will open a new school, a long-term project and dream that is soon to be realised! She will also travel to the USA where she will be working for 3 months at Camp America. Summer Camps in the USA are a big part of American culture and the children who have Dayna supporting and working with them will be the luckiest children at camp! Dayna has an incredibly exciting time ahead.
Mel Park will also be leaving our school to explore further options. Mel has only been with us for part of this year. She stepped into her Year 4 class and quickly built relationships with the children and fitted in so well with her team. She is just beginning teacher and I have no doubt that she will have a very rich and fulfilling career.
I have felt privileged to have worked with Mel, Dayna, James and Eric and now wish them all the very best as they begin the next phase of their lives.