Equipping our staff across the College to lead in this spirit is central to our mission of serving God faithfully by inspiring boys to learn, lead and serve as they strive for excellence together. The Research Office runs two main professional learning programs aimed at developing our current and future leaders. The Leadership Program, launched in 2017, provides an applied, cohort-based approach to developing the knowledge, skills and values of aspiring leaders in the College. The 2019 cohort of 18 staff commenced the program in February with a retreat in the Southern Highlands focused on the nature of servant leadership. Candidates are now underway working in teams on a design thinking-based approach to improving aspects of College life such as communications, administration, and pastoral care.
New for 2019, the Leadership Summits are aimed at bringing together all staff in middle and upper leadership roles to be inspired and equipped to build our culture and achieve our strategy. Our Term 1 Summit featured the Principal sharing about what it means to know oneself as a leader, along with practical training workshops on communication, mediation, self-care and building a great team culture. One attendee had this to say:
‘Listening to the Principal discuss his own leadership style, transformative approach or 'over the horizon' considerations, made me think deeply and reflect about my leadership and the people I work with here at the College, as well as the boys and parents I interact with. The words humility and service really stood out. Leadership really requires a human touch and sensitivity to consider those around you more than ourselves.’
Dr Hugh Chilton
Director of Research and Professional Learning