I feel that I am where I should be. That’s how I felt when I first walked into Henley High School just three weeks ago. The last time I was here was in 1983 when I was a student teacher in my third year of my teaching degree. A lot has changed since that time, but some things remain the same. What I remember from my eight weeks here as a student teacher, was how happy the students and staff were. This has not changed. It is very evident that there is a deep respect for education, teaching and learning at Henley.
I have worked in the public education system for over 30 years and am an advocate of the public system. I have worked predominantly in the Northern Suburbs including Playford, Salisbury East and Para Hills High School. My last appointment was at Golden Grove High School, where I was the Deputy Principal for the past seven years, and prior to that Assistant Principal for six years and Vocational Education & Training Coordinator for seven years.
I share our Principal’s vision and together, our priority is the students. Everything we do, every decision we make and every dollar we spend will have a student focus, and will lead to better outcomes for all students.
I know that Henley High School has a rich tradition of academic excellence, innovative teaching and learning and outstanding facilities. I also know that there is a deep sense of community and that Henley High School is the school of choice for our families. I am in awe of the special programs that I have witnessed even in the short amount of time that I have been here, such as the International Programs, Tours and opportunities in STEM as well as the Specialist Sports Programs. How lucky our students are and what fabulous opportunities they have for learning.
My aim over the next term is to get to know as much as I can about the school and about our community. My beliefs are simple, I believe that every student at Henley High School can attain the highest levels of academic, social and personal growth and excellence. I will work with the school community to build on the strong reputation that Henley has. I look forward to spending the next five years working with staff, students and families in making Henley a great school with rich opportunities for learning.
My principles as an educational leader are underpinned by my unwavering drive to make a difference in the lives of all students, who can enjoy their learning and complete their schooling with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become life long learners and productive active citizens in a rapidly changing complex world so that they can achieve their dreams and hopes for a fulfilling life. But most of all, my wish for all students is that they have a positive and joyful time learning at Henley and can leave school saying, I enjoyed my time here, I learnt lots and am excited and prepared for my next phase of my life.
‘What we want for our children we should also want for our teachers - that schools be a place of learning for both of them and that such learning be suffused with excitement, engagement, passion, challenges, creativity and joy’ (Professor Andy Hargreaves).
Toni Carellas | Deputy Principal, Director of Studies
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