I am very proud and honoured to be Principal of this exceptional school.
To be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding our students through their formative secondary school years is a privilege and one that we enjoy and take incredibly seriously.
My vision is to make Wade Deacon High School the very best school in the country. Not for the status, not for accolades; but for all of the students and families that we are here to nurture and support. My commitment is to ensure that our students have an experience here that is unmatched anywhere else; for them to look back at their time with us with fondness - taking with them incredible memories that will be with them for all of their lives. Memories of fantastic opportunities, inspirational teaching and an unmatched level of care that has enabled them to achieve their true potential.
If I had to sum up the essence of Wade Deacon High School, I would say that we are a caring and incredibly supportive school with the highest aspirations and expectations for our young people. In turn, our students have the highest expectations of themselves and show us day in – day out how focussed they are and how much they want to succeed in so many different ways.
Our core values centre on A Commitment to Excellence in everything that we do – a commitment underpinned with 3 core principles: Firstly, Exceptional Values – mutual respect, courtesy, manners, exemplary standards and impeccable uniform – all the things we know our parents and carers value. We underpin it also with Exceptional Learning and Teaching – inspirational lessons delivered in a wonderful learning environment using the very latest technology. And of course we underpin it with Exceptional Achievement, not only in terms of academic achievement but also the vast range of student successes that we celebrate each and every day.
So how do we achieve our success? Well, from each student, we ask for only 3 commitments:
• Respect yourself and others
• Give the very best of yourself
• And most importantly, believe in yourself
In return, our students demand a top quality education, rich with opportunities and that is what they receive. We get the basics right, exemplified in our school uniform, for example, which students wear with pride. Our students know that in their uniform, they are ambassadors for this school and understand the responsibilities that go with it.
Regardless of context, background or prior attainment, our commitment is unwavering in supporting every student here to achieve their potential; to be equipped with all of the skills that they will need to be successful throughout their lives. We care about our students and we take care of them.
We celebrate their successes and share their struggles and worries. We want the very best for each and every one of them and will do everything in our power to ensure that their hopes and dreams are realised and that they can move on from us as confident, articulate, well qualified, respectful and aspirational young adults with an exciting world of opportunities in front of them.