Welcome to principal

By Kirra Livingstone

BEERWAH State School’s new principal Scott Bowden has hit the ground running as he aims to create a school community that offers a bedrock of support to assist students to be “the very best” they can be, academically, emotionally and socially.

After a few months as acting principal last year at Beerwah and Kippa-Ring, Mr Bowden said he was passionate about his new role and determined to create a superior academic pathway for students.

Starting his teaching career in 1993 in NSW, Mr Bowden moved to Queensland in 1997, where he first taught as a music teacher at Beerwah State High School.

He then became the music head of department and then deputy principal at Bray Park State High School. Afterwards, he moved into to the primary sector, where he was deputy principal at Caboolture and Burpengary State School for 12 years.

Mr Bowden told GC&M News he aimed to build on a positive environment, harnessed by the teachers, parents and children over many years.

“I’m looking around and already we’ve implemented a whole lot of strategies to support kids so they can be their very best, not only academically but also socially and emotionally,” he said.

“One of our main focus areas, supported by the Australian curriculum, is to ensure our students have the best skills of numeracy, literacy, technology and a deep understanding of indigenous culture.“We want our students to be the very best and rely on utilising our staff to support them in creative ways… we are setting our students up for their future, to lead a life of choice and not chance.”

The new principal added that building relationships was key to the success of both individuals and overall school results.

“I’m very relational, so I will use any chance I get to build relationships with the students, teachers, parents and the community, because that’s what it’s all about: bringing everybody together,” he said.

“By building relationships across the entire school community, we can build a collective responsibility for our students and create a sense of family, even as our school grows.

“I’m very passionate about assisting people to be the very best that they can be, and that’s not just for students but teachers and parents, too.”

The school is continuing to grow with a 20 increase in students to 232 from 2022 and one extra class.