School like fam­ily, says col­lege head

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

DAVID McFad­den be­lieves the role of a head­mas­ter is a bit like be­ing the head of a fam­ily.

The 15th head­mas­ter of Aquinas Col­lege since it moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in Sal­ter Point in 1938, has re­joined the school af­ter teach­ing there for 13 years.

The Belfast-born and Lon­don-raised ed­u­ca­tor taught at the school from 1988 to 2001. He re­joined as head­mas­ter this year af­ter a pe­riod of teach­ing in Eng­land.

“The boys and the com­mu­nity here are great, they drew me back,” he said.

“I’m com­ing back and walk­ing into a great chal­lenge as the head­mas­ter but be­cause my daugh­ters live in Perth, I wanted to come here.”

Mr McFad­den said ev­ery day was dif­fer­ent as the head­mas­ter of the school.

“You have as­sem­blies, meet­ing old boys, re­view­ing aca­demic re­sults, meet­ing par­ents and staff,” he said.

“I want to main­tain what’s good about the school but I also want to es­tab­lish a strate­gic plan by talk­ing to par­ents, pupils and every­one else to de­cide where we go from here.”

Mr McFad­den moved to Aus­tralia af­ter see­ing an ad­ver­tise­ment for a teach­ing job and jumped at the opportunity.

“I went to coun­try Vic­to­ria first to teach at Na­gle Col­lege in Bairns­dale; I re­mem­ber leav­ing Lon­don when it was snow­ing and then ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia and it was 40C,” he said.

“I’ve spent time at Chris­tian Brothers Col­lege in Fre­man­tle as head­mas­ter and then I went back to Lon­don to teach at the Lon­don Ora­tory School.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d465160

Aquinas Col­lege new head­mas­ter David McFad­don.

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