Aintree Secondary School (interim name) - Introducing John Mitsinikos

[On-screen text: Introducing your new principal]

[Upbeat music plays throughout]

An image of a smiling man comes gradually into focus.

John Mitsinikos (in voice over):  Hi, I'm John Mitsinikos, I am very excited to be the foundation principal of your new school.

We see John walking up a stairway.

[On-screen text: John Mitsinikos]

[On-screen text: Aintree Secondary School (interim name)]

John enters a room and we see him speaking to someone off screen.

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

John: I truly believe that all students can learn. That education opens up many doors for our young people. Good education is also about providing our students with opportunities to engage with their learning, to enjoy their learning, to succeed in their learning, but also at the same time excel.

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

John: I was privileged enough to have really been motivated by some exceptional educators, and I think that was part of also my own reasons to go into that. I've spent over 30 years in state education and state education working out in the west, and most of that time I've been a school leader. I was very blessed in that I, very early on in my own schooling career, understood that all I ever wanted to be was a teacher.

[On-screen text: What is your vision for the school?]

John: Students will come and not only learn, but also be part of a very successful school community. And not only really be challenged and engaged in their learning, but also think big and achieve big. I’ve always asked myself, how do you know if you're good at something unless you actually try it? So I would love my students to have the opportunity to try every little bit of education that's available to them.

[On-screen text: What environment will this school promote?]

John: I'm a very big believer in the area of STEM and in my own experience, I've been absolutely privileged to have developed some of the best curriculum in STEM and in particular in space science education.

There's no doubt in my own experiences as a school leader that both learning and wellbeing go hand in hand. We are going to be a caring school. We are going to be a supportive school. We are going to be a school that has underpinnings of high expectations with very high support.

[On-screen text: What are you looking forward to on day 1, Term 1?]

John: So on day one, I just can't wait to see my students walking in that door. Big smile on their faces, with this wonderful uniform on, really proud to be there. And my staff and my parents really also standing by them with big smiles on their face in anticipation of what this big dream is going to be. I can't wait to do this.
And let me tell you, I'm so much looking forward, it's going to be absolute magic.

A white background appears with the VSBA and Victoria State Government logos. 

[On-screen text:

A black background appears and white text appears. 

[On-screen text: Authorised by The Victorian School Building Authority, 33 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne] 

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