Passing the baton

26 July 2019
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New Campus Principal appointed at Beaconhills College Berwick

Beaconhills College has announced Sam Watson as the new Berwick Campus Principal from 2020.

Mr Watson’s appointment marks the end of a successful era of leadership for Jenny Williams, who was the Berwick Campus’ founding Principal and has witnessed the enormous development of the campus and local community over the past 17 years.

Mr Watson is current Head of Senior School at the College’s Pakenham Campus. While Mrs Williams will step down from the Principal’s role, she will continue to work for the school in the area of staff development/key projects.

Describing himself as an “approachable leader” who enjoys being actively involved in the College community, Mr Watson said was incredibly proud to take on the new job.

He believes it’s important for educators to constantly evolve their practice, mindful of the skills most important for students now and into the future.

“Technology continues to develop at an incredible pace, which gives our students some amazing learning opportunities, however we must continue to educate our students about appropriate use of technology,” Mr Watson said.

“Mental health also continues to be a challenge for many members of our community. I hope to see us continue to have open conversations about wellbeing and provide both our staff and students with the necessary skills and confidence to enhance their wellbeing.”

Mr Watson has taught Physical Education to most year levels, helping him understand the importance of each section of the College and “what makes our school special”.

“I truly believe in Beaconhills College and I am excited by the opportunities we continue to provide our community.”

Beaconhills opened its Berwick Campus in 2003 with just 346 students. Now student numbers have reached nearly 1500 in what has become a thriving, modern Prep-Year 12 campus, with the Little Beacons Learning Centre due to open on the site in 2020.

Mrs Williams has seen huge change over that time, not just on the campus, but in the local community and educational landscape.

She takes pride in having witnessed the graduation of the foundation students after 13 years of education, and talks of the ongoing connectedness to families and foundation students 18 years later.

“Beaconhills is a caring community and families are always willing to support the College in many different ways, from the early days of fundraising for chairs and curtains for the Performing Arts Hall, to donating to global and community projects,” Mrs Williams said.

From the campus inception, Mrs Williams helped forge links with schools in the Hatolia district of East Timor and the Casey-based Friends of Ermera charity group, so that the Berwick Campus had global connection. This relationship is still strong today. Mrs Williams has accompanied a number of student tours to visit and volunteer in the East Timor schools.

Watching students leave the College as well-rounded, compassionate, respectful and ‘global’ young adults has been her great source of pride.

“It has been a pleasure to be a part of the growth and development of Beaconhills College’s second campus in Berwick,” she said.

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