We look forward to welcoming Sue Ellis, St John’s Lutheran School’s new Campus Principal at the beginning of 2018. Sue is currently the Head of Junior School at Encounter Lutheran College in Victor Harbor (South Australia), a position she has held since 2013.
Sue recently visited our School a few weeks ago and took the opportunity to meet many of our students and families during Yard Duty and at the school gate.
Before she takes up her new post with us, we sat down with Sue to find out a little more about her.
You’ve been an educator in Lutheran Education for many years. What stands out to you about St John’s?
I have been working in Lutheran Schools for 18 years across South Australia (Victor Harbor and in Adelaide). The community at St John’s is incredibly warm, welcoming and positive. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with a school in a very different environment and still serve in Lutheran Schools. The onsite Kindergarten at St John’s is wonderful – my previous experience within an ELC to Year 12 College means that I place great value in building connections from the early years transitioning through to school. Building connections with families from the foundations of schooling helps us to build on what is already a strong school community.
St John’s has been educating students for over 55 years – what do you see as your most exciting challenge in your new role?
It is so lovely learning about the history of our schools and the dedication that helped establish them. Maintaining and valuing the past is vital, while also seeking to deliver a 21st century education to children who will live and learn in a world that is very different to their parent’s experiences. Education is one of the most dynamic environments to work in – ever changing and ever challenging but so very, very rewarding.
How do you intend to impact teaching and learning at St John’s?
I have a passion for learning that reflects real life experiences and have meaning and connection to students. In addition – the gifts, knowledge and experiences of the broader community members provides some incredible learning opportunities for our children. I will be working closely with teachers to ensure innovative and engaging teaching facilitates rich and rigorous learning opportunities.
What is your favourite activity outside of school?
I love to learn new things and that will come in the shape of learning more about Victoria and this beautiful part of it! I have lived by the beach for over 20 years so being close to the coast is important for me. I love to play golf, enjoy fishing and of course precious time with my family.
You will be making the move from South Australia to Victoria – what do you know about our town of Geelong?
It is a beautiful city and has a sense of moving forward as it grasps new opportunities. I am really keen to learn more about the history of Geelong. The people here are so friendly and while it is a large city has a distinctively ‘big country town’ feel to it.