I have been the principal of Waimate Centennial School for two years. I arrived at Centennial after almost 25 years teaching experience in primary schools. Most of my time has been at St Joseph’s in Timaru but I have taught on the West Coast and in Great Britain. Before becoming a teacher I had jobs meat inspecting and Shearing.
I have been quite well prepared for this role at Centennial with study and leadership experience in my past school. I finished a Masters course in Educational Leadership while managing the senior school at St Josephs. This course has given me access to some of the most thought provoking educationalists from all over the world. I have been stimulated to think about how schools are managed to maximise outcomes for learners. Since this I have completed the First Time Principal's course and I am working in a coaching partnership with consultant Rema Leitch and the Principal of St Joseph's Oamaru- Mrs Lorraine Francis-Rees.
My wife Diana and I have two Daughters. Ruby is 15 years old and attends Roncalli College. She is a rower and has had to build up her fitness considerably. Ava , our youngest is 13 and is very competitive with all sports she takes on. She is a runner, swimmer and soccer player and now an athletics competitor.
Diana teaches new entrants at St Joseph's in Timaru. She has been teaching in several schools in Timaru and has recently been appointed to a permanent position. Di is involved in charity work through the Plunket society and the Charity Bike ride this year.
Recently the education review office has visited Centennial school. They were very positive about the efforts we are going to to raise achievement. They identified a very positive family oriented culture which we have established and a proactive board who sees the benefit of resourcing the school in ways that help us to raise achievement for all students.
I am really enjoying the challenge of leading Centennial school and see the future of the school in very positive terms.
- Jonathan Young, Principal