Welcome Back to Term 3
My name is Stuart Bell and I am very proud to introduce myself as the Principal of Banksia Beach State School for Semester 2 2022. Banksia Beach State School is a special place for me as I was one of the two very first School Captains when Banksia first opened in 1992. While studying at QUT I also had the opportunity to complete my first prac (year 3) and my final prac (year 6) at Banksia. After completing my studies, I was then fortunate to receive a permanent teaching position here in 2003 and 2004 before moving to Western Queensland to complete my country service.
Since 2005 I have had the opportunity to lead a number of schools and most recently I held the position of Principal at One Mile State School in Gympie since 2016. When the opportunity came to be Principal of the school I was a Student, Prac Student and Classroom Teacher I jumped at the chance as Banksia has helped me develop professionally in my roles with Education Queensland. I now have the opportunity to give back to the school and wider school community to provide the best opportunities for the students of Banksia.
I am very excited to work with the highly dedicated team here at Banksia Beach. The recent School Review findings and the results of the Semester 1 reports demonstrate what many of us already know, that Banksia is a great school for students. I would also like to acknowledge Mrs Haydon for the work she has done as Principal over the last 12 months and look forward to working with her as she continues in her role as Deputy Principal.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the students, staff and community members I have had the opportunity to meet for extending such a warm welcome, and I look forward to maintaining and building on the excellent reputation Banksia has established over the years since 1992.
School Review Findings
At today’s P&C meeting I shared the Executive Summary of findings and recommendations from the whole school review held in June. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the great things that are happening here at Banksia and also get some recommendations as to what strategies we could consider to enhance what we are doing to achieve even greater results and outcomes for our students.
The Executive Summary will also be available from our school website for community members to access.
The new buildings have almost been completed with the finishing touches and site clean ups continuing. The new buildings are a great addition to our school and provide more space and new learning environments for our students and staff. I would like to acknowledge Mrs Menzies for all the work she has put in coordinating and ensuring the projects are completed to a high standard.