06 July 2017

Looking forward…

As we come to the end of another successful year at Straits, I find myself reflecting again on our successes, as I did in my end of year blog last year: http://sisgroup.edu.my/blogs/leadership/five-things-i-have-learnt/

One of the aspects that I most enjoy about the teaching profession is that I continue to learn an enormous amount each academic year. But this year, I find myself more distracted by looking forward to next year. After the amazing opportunity arose to become Principal, I find myself excited and nervous at the prospect.

I have no intention of making an enormous amount of changes but rather to continue on following the ethos of the school and enhancing some aspects of our successes. Mr Charlie has worked incredibly tirelessly at establishing Straits International School into what it is today and I am sure that the staff, students and parents would like to join me in thanking him for this.

To enhance some aspects of our success, I intend to:

  1. Lead with shared ownership.

We practised this often in my previous school, where an idea is shared and teams or working parties are assembled to create the plan for the idea and then the implementation. I have started to meet with middle leaders to generate these ideas before the end of the academic year so we can hit the ground running.

  1. Remember that I am as strong as the team that surrounds me.

We are currently developing our middle leaders which will continue to be one of the priorities next year. They are experts in their subjects and are being trained in managing staff to complete the requirements of being a middle leader. There is such a variety of leadership styles and learning more about these will support our leaders in making informed choices.

  1. Manage perceptions or expectations of others.

This is certainly a balancing act. International schools are a melting pot of people from different backgrounds with different expectations and it is an exceptionally difficult job to manage these expectations. Does a one size fits all approach work?

I look forward to blogging about our developments in the future and moving our school from strength to strength!

Karlie Walsh
Head of Primary

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