New Challenges, New Opportunities

‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ – Romans 8:28.

Sometimes God challenges us to step outside our comfort zone and take on a fresh role in our service to Him and to our community. With the call to Craig Schmidt to step into the position of Acting Principal, I have taken on the role of Acting Head of Secondary School. I am on a steep learning curve because, while I have had similar responsibilities in other schools, each school has its own distinctive rhythms and processes. Consequently, I am striving to master software programs and administrative procedures that didn’t concern me in my role P–12 Curriculum Coordinator.

Am I enjoying my new role? The answer is a resounding, ‘Yes’. Interacting closely with students and families is a joy and a constant reminder of why I became a teacher in the first place. It was the opportunities to work closely with students, parents and colleagues that drew me to teaching and curriculum was the vehicle to do that.

Somewhere along the way, I realised that poorly-designed curriculum and ill-planned classrooms impeded the academic, social, and emotional growth of students so I moved towards positions where I could influence curriculum content and teaching pedagogy.

Now, I am in the privileged position of combining my love of collaborating and connecting with others in the St Peters community with my passion for providing a curriculum that is rigorous, innovative and meaningful.

I look forward to meeting the families that I don’t yet know and working with you to ensure that your students’ school experiences are stimulating, enriching, and positive. I believe that the best outcomes for our young learners come from strong parent-school relationships, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with concerns or questions as we travel the final semester of 2018.

Sue Grotherr, Acting Head of Secondary School