Mullumbimby High School’s Greg Armstrong has commenced his new role as principal seven weeks ago, and he says the response from the school community has been overwhelmingly positive.
Greg says he spent much of his first week out in the playgrounds, talking to students, getting to know their names, asking about their views on school life, their likes and dislikes, their concerns and aspirations.
He says, ‘This is a school with a very large and warm heart. I feel that everyone is ready for ongoing improvement and willing to do the hard work to ensure it is effective.’
Safe and engaging
Students asked if he was going to be strict.
Greg replied: ‘Yes I am if it means ensuring our school is safe and every student is engaged in learning.’
In a rapidly changing world Greg says he’s determined to put students at the centre of every decision made in the school, teaching resilience, resourcefulness, collaboration, and self-regulation.
‘I have a vision for a school where student wellbeing and health are integral to all decisions and evidenced by strong student engagement in learning, sport, and extra-curricular activities. A school where the teaching and learning culture is highly valued by students, teachers and parents.
‘In my vision, teaching and learning is vibrant, dynamic, and relevant.’
Greg is no stranger to the area. He says he began his teaching career at Kingscliff High School as a Japanese-language teacher, moving to Southern Cross School, and taking the role of co-principal at the new Ballina High School before beginning his position in Mullumbimby. With 33 years in public education, extensive experience in leadership, and a love of teaching and learning, Greg has developed a commitment and passion for school excellence and the ability to work with a diverse community.
Improvements in the pipeline include new technology, upgrades to school facilities, open learning spaces to encourage collaborative learning, and increased professional learning support to enable all staff to achieve their goals.