Message From the Principal

Message From the Principal

Growth in our student numbers requires change in structures and an increase in staffing to ensure that learning and the student remains central as the College grows. The need to bring in highly experienced and skilled staff to lead across the whole College, from Prep to Year 12, is key.

One of the new roles we have introduced is a Deputy Principal – Strategy and Innovation (P-12) to help us bring about our vision for a dynamic and innovative learning community. After an extensive search, we have appointed Liam Bailey to be our new Deputy Principal. Liam comes to us from Inaburra School, having been Director of Teaching and Learning and previously Director of Curriculum. He has been at the school for a number of years, also having moved from teaching Senior School Science to Head of Science and Head of the Middle School prior to the Curriculum and Learning roles. He began his teaching career at William Carey Christian School and has also taught at Newington College.

Liam’s vision is to see all students passionately engaged and invested in their own learning, and enabling staff with the skills, dispositions and approaches to help foster this in every interaction with students.

In his time at Inaburra, Liam helped develop a learning design framework, and is now embedding the focus of the new Principal, Dr James Pietsch, into the framework to make the best of the old and integrating it with the new. His experiences in this dovetails beautifully into our own goal to rework our existing learning framework by embedding faith and wellbeing into it.

Liam has a range of other significant experiences, including, sitting on the Executive Committee for the AHISA Director’s of Studies group, having organised and spoken at a number of conferences. He has also been involved in Curriculum writing – being on the writing committee and then the exam writing committee for the new Investigating Science HSC course, as well as being a HSC Senior marker and judge for Earth and Environmental Science.

Liam is married to Sandy and has two children, Noah and Danika who are in the latter stages of high school. He loves the outdoor life, everything from surfing to gardening and photography, as well as basketball – both playing and coaching. He is a skilled musician and is also heavily involved in the music ministry at his current Church.

Liam is committed to a meaningful and authentic integration of faith into the life of the College, commenting, “Students and staff should feel encouraged to understand and develop the fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5. Learning with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control at the fore could lead to a Christian character of learning, creating a community of learners that are ready to positively impact a rapidly changing society and not simply look out for themselves.”

We look forward to welcoming Liam to the College in Term 4 2021!

Mrs Megan Hastie