Graduating with a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies in 2000, Ben Bannister started at the then Rokeby High School in 2001. Throughout the last 19 years, Ben has held many teaching and leadership roles, including achieving the role of Assistant Principal nine years ago. Prior to that, Ben was an Advanced Skills Teacher and head of our junior school. Over the past eight years, Ben has been an integral part of our award winning senior staff team, known as the Dream Team through an international publication that recognised the transformational impact of our great leadership on school improvement.
Ben spent many years as Head of our Health and Physical Education department, and has been part of this award winning team’s success in improving the wellbeing of students at Bayview Secondary College, recognised state-wide for its outstanding teaching and learning programs. Ben continues to teach our outstanding Outdoor Education course, which is one of the most popular options subjects in the school. Wilderness adventures and training, combined with dynamic challenges such as abseiling, caving or rafting, along with an annual camp, make this course an exceptional opportunity for personal development and growth for all our senior students.
A keen sportsman himself, Ben has played first grade cricket with Clarence District Cricket Club for many years, as well as achieving success through Tasmanian representation at National Indoor Cricket competitions. A qualified VFL football umpire and past assistant state umpire coach, Ben is well placed to coach our young sports stars to success!
Ben’s current role as AP is Director of Operations at Bayview Secondary College, where at times he acts in the Principal role. Ben has a breadth and depth of knowledge regarding systems change and systematic school improvement and possesses the uncanny ability to create whole school, year 7-12 timetables, while working with complex systems to ensure the college runs as a well-oiled machine.