Principal’s Welcome. To Lead, To Commit, To Relate.

 

I am very fortunate to be the principal of Windermere Primary School and have the responsibility of delivering our mission to prepare students to be literate, numerate, responsible citizens who value learning and continually challenge themselves in everything that they do.

 

Our school was established in 2011 as the result of the amalgamation of Abbotsfield, Claremont, Mt Faulkner and Roseneath Primary Schools. As a result we are a state of the art educational facility and present our community with an amazing resource set amongst a beautiful parkland setting right on the waterfront of the Derwent River in Claremont, 12 kilometres from the Hobart CBD.

 

Our school community is a very supportive one who values their school and is proud of our combined achievements. Connecting and constantly engaging with our community is at the core of what we do here at Windermere. We do this within our local community but have expanded on this component of our school by being a pilot school for the UTAS Peter Underwood Centre, Tasmanian Children’s University.

 

We also have an amazing Child and Family Centre situated in Chigwell that supports our school and we are able to provide seamless education and family support services for our community from birth to twelve years of age.

 

We are a large urban primary school with an enrolment of over 500 students and a healthy resource of human, finanicial and community support to best deliver outstanding learning and social outcomes to our students and their families.

 

At Windermere my job is for us to have a clear focus on what matters most in our school to get the best out of our resources with the goal of improving learning outcomes for all.

 

To achieve this and deliver on our mission statement we only have three focuses in our school that never change:

 

1. To deliver outstanding teaching pedagogy (Effective Teaching)
2. To constantly build a supportive school culture (Supportive Schools)
3. To connect and engage with our community (Connected Community)

 

It is my strong belief that in building and leading schools, that to move from good to great requires a constant balance of the above three foci at all times.

 

I would love to have the opportunity in showing you around our school and sharing with you how these elements come to life in our classrooms, across our pods and in the children that you see at Windermere Primary School.

 

Duncan Groves
Principal