Northern Beaches State High School
The 15-strong leadership team at Northern Beaches State High School works hard each and every day to make a difference for the students in their community.
“As a team we actively work to improve our collective capacity, with much of our work focused on improving teacher capability,” says Northern Beaches State High School Principal Robin Sprott, who has 33 years’ experience in education.
“We have a relatively young teaching team with over 60 per cent of our teachers in the first five years of their career. This is a privileged position, as we’re building the future of the teaching force.”
“We’re also building a strong reputation as a great place to work where beginning teachers are well-supported and given plenty of targeted development.”
Together, Robin, Deputy Principal Joel Muller (a Townsville local), Acting Deputy Principal Helen Pennington (from Ingham) and their Heads of Department stand behind what they describe as one of the most talented teaching teams they have ever seen.
“We’ve driven an unrelenting improvement agenda that’s progressively shown significant improvement for our students,” Robin says.
“We’ve driven an unrelenting improvement agenda that’s progressively shown significant improvement for our students.”
“Over the last six years our school has grown from 480 students to 820 and we now offer a range of specialist programs including Photography, Digital Media & Drone Use, Excellence in Rugby League for Girls, Aquaculture, Diving and IXL.”
With a shared understanding that education is where they can positively influence a child’s future, the team says recently being named one of the 50 most improved high schools across Australia by The Weekend Australian Magazine was hugely rewarding.
“We’re committed to a focus on developing the 21st-century skills of critical and creative thinking, global awareness, citizenship, enterprise, communication, collaboration and teamwork,” Robin says.
“The continuous improvement of our school is important to us all and we’re dedicated to making a difference for every child.”