This month we speak to newly-appointed Principal of Herberton’s Mount St Bernard College, Narelle Hunt. Narelle shares what is most special about the multiculturally-diverse College located in the historic hills of the Tablelands town.
What is most special about your school community?
The rich multicultural diversity of the students and the inclusive practices that make learning accessible to all.
What do you hope to achieve in your role as Principal?
To build teacher capacity and improve student outcomes.
What makes you most proud to be the leader of your school community?
Leading a team that genuinely believes that every student has the ability to demonstrate growth in learning and they work collaboratively to find effective ways to engage students.
How did your education shape you to be the person you are today?
The value of education and being a lifelong learner was instilled in me from a young age. I’ve always loved how education challenges your thinking and motivates you to take evidence-based strategies and put them in practice. I also value that education gives you the skills to be a maverick and try new things so that education can be made accessible for others.
What motto, affirmation or prayer do you live by?
God doesn’t give us anything that He and I can’t do together.
What is the highlight of your career so far?
Seeing student succeed and the realisation that my teaching and leadership has played in that significant achievement.
What’s the best thing about living and working in FNQ?
The incredible welcome from the community, the spectacular landscape and diversity in things to do on weekends. There are so many new adventures to be experienced.
How would you describe ‘the Catholic school difference’?
The ability to offer a holistic education through a clearly defined Encounter framework. The reflect, respect, connect and embrace pillars set Catholic schools apart. There is a clearly defined ethos that Catholic schools model their ethos on, and this provides an authentic and genuine encounter for students, staff and the school community.
To find out more, head to Mount St Bernard College, Herberton.