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“I RUN A FLAT STRUCTURE WHERE EVERY TEAM MEMBER COMES TO THE TABLE WITH AN EQUAL SAY AND EQUAL VOTE.”

left: The Leadership Team with Principal, Louise Wilkinson (fourth from right)

LIFELONG LEARNING Focused on fairness and lifelong learning for all, Townsville’s Heatley State Primary School considers leadership everyone’s business. After 22 years of working in secondary schools, Louise Wilkinson joined Townsville’s Heatley State Primary School as principal in 2005. The following year, the school vision was determined through an extensive consultation process and, to this day, remains focused on lifelong learning for all. “We have a diverse range of students who attend our school and believe all students can achieve high standards, given sufficient time and the right support,” Louise says.

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“Student leadership is also very important and we run an extensive leadership program for our students. “At the moment, we’re selecting our main student leaders for 2020, which includes two school captains and six student leaders who represent the diversity in our school. “They work together to run assemblies, attend school functions as student representatives and generally serve as role models for the other students.”

The school’s leadership team in its current form was established in 2010. There are the two Deputy Principals, a Head of Curriculum, two literacy and numeracy support teachers, an academic excellence teacher, a community education counsellor, a guidance officer and a business manager. “Each team member makes an important leadership contribution to the school and is responsible for a number of staff and programs,” Louise says.

“I run a flat structure where every team member comes to the table with an equal say and equal vote.” The Heatley team also acknowledges that parents are the first teachers and work in close partnership with them to make sure their children thrive and achieve at school. “This is evident that in our 2019 School Opinion Survey, where 93 per cent of the 72 parents who responded to the survey agreed that their child’s learning needs are being met and 100 per cent of parents thought our teachers are interested in their child’s wellbeing,” Louise says. “I am proud of all of our staff.”

Heatley State Primary School 410 Fulham Road, Heatley 4759 5333 heatleyss.eq.edu.au

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