Hello to Kingsford Smith students and families.
My name is Mr Paul Branson and I have the pleasure of taking over from Jan Day as the new Principal of Kingsford Smith School. To give a bit of background I am a true local having been born in Canberra and completed all my schooling in public schools in the ACT as well as my further education in two of the capital's universities. I have been teaching for over 25 years in Canberra public schools and my last position before winning this role was at Canberra High School.
I am looking forward to working with all the members of the school community, including students, teachers, parents and carers, to contonue the work of Jan in making Kingsford Smith School a school of success for all students. I have already been welcomed by many students and parents over the last week who made me feel extremely proud to be a leader in this school community. Over the first week I had the opportunity to observe the many activities and vibrant learning opportunities occurring across the school all the time for our students. In particular, last week I was fortunate enough to travel to the AIS to be involved with the Junior Athletics Carnival. It was exciting to be part of an event with so much student participation and enthusiasm. The changing and cheering alone gave me a great sense of the pride in seeing the support students have for each other and the school. I was also impressed with our students from the senior years who are part of the Jets program as they ran the track and field events over the day. In what would have been a long and tiring day I was impressed with their skill in assisting the younger students but also their care and commitment to each student. I am sure they would have slept well that night after such a full on day but I congratulate them on demonstrating the school values through their actions on the day.
There are many other upcoming events and activities this term, such as the Wizard of Oz musical towards the endof term, that I am sure you will join me in recognizing and celebrating our students effort and achievement.Thanks again for participating in our school community and I look forward to meeting more of you as we continue to build a positive and supportove learning environment at Kingsford Smith School.