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Hayes Hill Primary School (interim name) | Introducing David Williams

[up-beat music plays throughout] 

We see a man laughing and talking to someone off-camera. 

[On-screen text: Meet your new principal] 

[On-screen text: Introducing Dave Williams, Hayes Hill Primary School (interim name)]

Dave Williams: Hi, I'm Dave Williams and I'm excited to be your new school principal. 

[On-screen text: What does a good education look like?]

Dave: For me, good education looks like building great relationships that are built on warmth and connection but also really high expectations for student learning, engagement, and well-being. That means that every student knows that their teachers and the other adults in the school know them, care about them, know that they can be a great learner and know what they need to be a good learner as well, and to learn and achieve going forward.

[On-screen text: What type of leader are you?]

Dave: I think my leadership style would be typified by trying to build consensus towards change and improving student outcomes, but also really collaborating. I love hearing the ideas of other people and building on those ideas and really building a team of people that can get things done. I love being in classrooms. Realistically, as a principal, you don't get to never get to spend as much time in the classrooms. I always make it to the prep classrooms to improve my health and wellbeing. Because that's a great place for a laugh, to see some amazing learning of the students who are learning to read and write for the first time. But I will be in all classrooms on most days, but also meeting with teachers and making sure I'm supporting their learning and planning and development as well.

[On-screen text: What was your journey into education?] 

Dave: For me, becoming a teacher was such a significant event in my life. I loved being in the classroom. I loved seeing students be able to do things as a reader, as a writer that they had never done before. I taught from year one right through to year six in primary school. And that thrill, that look on a child's face when they see "I've done this, I didn't think I could do this", that that sense of belief, that joy in learning and seeing themselves as a learner is what excites me about being a teacher, it's what excites me still as being a principal. I think being a principal is an extension of that because you get to see that great sense of challenge and support and learning and growth, not just in one classroom but across the whole school.

[On-screen text: what will the school be known for?]

Dave: Our school will be known as a really warm, compassionate, caring place where students love to come to school and to see our kids excited to be at school and to know that it's a safe place, a calm place, a happy place where they love learning. I think that's what will typify our school going forward. 

[On-screen text: Where can we find you on day 1, Term 1?]

Dave: Day 1, term 1, I'll be in the in the schoolyard welcoming everybody and looking for – I was thinking about the joy of seeing our new uniform for the first time, but also then the joy of coming into their classroom and seeing this is an amazing space for learning, this is where we're going to be on a learning journey for the next one, two, three, four, five, six, seven years.

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[On-screen text: 100 new schools] 

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Reviewed 12 August 2022