HERE, WE ARE Next Jeneration Thinkers
Firbank welcomes Principal JENNY WILLIAMS, a leader in progressive learning.
Alot has changed since its establishment in 1909 and today Firbank educates in excess of 1200 students across its three campuses. With a girls-only Junior School and Senior Campus (ELC – Year 12) in Brighton alongside a co-educational Junior Campus (ELC – Year 6) in Sandringham, Firbank has been a part of the Bayside community for more than 100 years. Jenny Williams joins Firbank with a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Education and is a dedicated, respected educator. She brings with her a wealth of teaching experience and has been a School Principal for more than 16 years. This includes her most recent position as the Principal at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in New Zealand, a position she has held since 2008. So let’s get to know a little more about her. What is the best thing about teaching? I became a teacher (Science, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry), because I believe that educating our children is one of the most important jobs in the world. We have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and to help develop the next generation of leaders. It is a big responsibility that I take very seriously. What do you believe is the recipe for student success? To set students up for success we need to start with the basics, ensuring literacy and numeracy is an early focus. Then introduce children to other ideas and areas of knowledge to enable them to fnd their passion. I am driven by a strong belief in the pursuit and expectation of personal excellence – being the best you can be. Having played high-level sport when I was young, (State netball and State league volleyball), I understand the importance of physical and mental health. A holistic approach to education must involve the mind, body and soul. The world is changing, how do we ensure that students are best prepared to compete in a global society? In this time of exponential change we need to be encouraging students to take risks, to accept and learn from failure and to be resilient. We can best support this by surrounding students with care and compassion and to focus on developing skills in areas which will be essential in the future – creativity, empathy, resilience and entrepreneurship. What are you looking forward to most in your new role at Firbank? For me, everything is about people and my job is as an enabler, to assist students, parents, staff and community to all work together. Good people working together create something great and that is what I want for Firbank. Ms Jenny Williams commenced as Firbank Grammar School’s 10th Principal in July 2017.