See what the new principal has in store for St John’s
WITH CLOSE to three decades experience James Brennan or as he prefers to be known, Jim will be bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in his new role as principal at St John’s.
“I always wanted to work in a faith based school so St John’s through Toowoomba Catholic Diocese gave me that opportunity,” he said.
Jim has taught in a variety of educational settings including Glendon, Emerald, Roma, Oakey and Toowoomba. He taught at Roma Middle school from 1999-2002.
“I really enjoyed my time teaching in Roma, so it’s delightful to be back on a familiar stomping ground and work in an area which I have a strong connection to,” he said.
Mr Brennan was most recently the Senior Deputy Principal at Centenary Heights State High School where he played a significant and integral role in its development into one of the top performing schools in the state.
Jim said his vision for his principalship at St John’s is “to continue the well-established culture that exists and to lead an engaging school community working collaboratively with key stakeholders to achieve continuous improvement for students, staff and the community.”
“Donaugh’s leadership of the school over the last few years has been exceptional and the staff have worked very hard to implement reading strategies and pedagogical practices and the school has seen the benefit,” he said.
“I want to build on the work that’s been done. We have the second year of QCE system to be implemented, the third year of the reading improvement strategy as well as the full implementation of the Australian curriculum.”
Mr Brennan said there is quite a deal on the horizon for St John’s, with four new general learning classrooms as well as the potential for specialist classrooms.
“With the growth in the school we were really start to run to the end of our space so to accommodate for that growth and the projections of that growth we really need those extra classrooms,” he said.
“We also want to increase the size of the classrooms for specialised areas which we don’t at the moment.”
The new double story building will be built on the basketball courts on the western end of the school.
Mr Brennan is looking forward to immersing himself in both the Roma and St John’s community and is excited about the benefits teaching at rural schools brings, including getting to know students and parents on a more personal level.
“Knowing your learner is so important,” he said.
“If you know your students, their background, learning needs, then you can work with them and their family to provide good learning opportunities for that student where they can improve relative to their needs.”