GILL BERRIMAN knows she’s got her ‘Dream Team’ together at Bayview Secondary College and can point to an international publication and a number of other professional achievements in recent years as evidence.
Tasmanian principal of the year in 2017, Ms Berriman has a longstanding relationship with the school. She began her career at Bayview as a classroom teacher but is now an award-winning principal who is motivated to steer her staff and students towards the best possible educational outcomes.
Ms Berriman’s first goal was to realign the school’s purpose for positive outcomes.
“The transformation at Bayview is so much more than just the name change,” she said. “There’s been a real commitment from the staff and students, the school council and other community organisations working alongside the school to make Bayview the best it can be for our students.”
Such has been the remarkable nature of the transformation the school has been featured as one of 10 case study schools in Dream Team, a 2018 book released internationally by Education Changemakers to highlight the power of brilliant leadership teams in schools.
Bayview now serves as a model for positive change in tens-of-thousands of schools from New Zealand to North America where the book has become a ‘must-read’ for principals and other school leaders.
“To have that recognition of the journey we’ve been on, and for it to be acknowledged as a genuinely remarkable achievement, is something I’m thrilled about,” Ms Berriman said.
“Dream Team really picks up on our commitment to the concept of listening then planning, of forging local connections and leading change in the community.”
With the school on an upward trajectory in terms of enrolment, exciting plans for new academic and sporting facilities and both staff members and students being recognised for excellence in various fields, the future is bright at Bayview Secondary College.
“We’re excited that families from the Clarence Plains and South Arm peninsula can look to Bayview and see a fully-formed pathway through their child’s secondary education from day one of high school to the end of Year 12.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve here and know we’ll continue to deliver great outcomes for all our students by paying attention to their individual needs and providing those rich educational opportunities and supportive networks that are so important in great schools.”
Bayview Secondary College is open for 2020 enrolments. Contact the school to find out more.