Our Hinterland schools are pretty special, and we have been running a monthly article finding out more about the person at the helm. This month it’s Principal Louise Cameron, from the Blackall Range Independent School.
- How are your family with the move to this area?
I have made the Sunshine Coast my home for the last 25 years. It was the perfect place to raise my four children. The weekends could be spent enjoying the beach in the morning followed by afternoon rainforest walks in the hinterland.
- What do you do on your days off?
Walks on the beach, swims, coffee with family and friends, movies and theatre, weekends away, and browsing markets for local produce. I am also enjoying researching my family’s history and piecing together their life stories.
- Is this your first Principal role?
Yes. I have been associated with Blackall Range Independent School since 2001. I began at the school as the Yr 3-5 classroom teacher then moved into the Special Needs Co-Ordinator role. From 2010 I worked for EQ attached to Special Education Departments before returning to Blackall in 2013 to take on a role in Leadership.
- Why did you choose to become an educator?
Teaching is such a dynamic, creative and rewarding profession. The excitement and curiosity for learning that students bring each day to the classroom is infectious and I love working beside them as they gain new understandings.
- What are the strengths of the school community?
The school community is very welcoming and inclusive. Diversity is encouraged and celebrated.
- What are your plans for the next year for the school?
To strengthen the programs we have initiated in the school that encourage our students to make a difference. “Be The Change” enables students to take action around environmental issues such as the overuse of plastics in society or to address social issues such as homelessness and spending time with the elderly.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love working with students to help them recognise what their strengths are, whilst supporting them with any challenges they may experience. When students recognise they are capable it is very rewarding.
- What has been the most valuable lesson you have learnt along the way?
Developing positive relationships with your students and their families has the greatest impact on their learning.
- Did a teacher or principal inspire you when you were a student?
I have been inspired by my teachers who were passionate about their teaching and their lessons were engaging and interactive. You always knew the teachers that really cared about you and that encouraged you to be your best.
- What is your motto or favourite quote?
Fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing ………..Fair is everybody getting what they need in order to be successful.