Tamworthian 2016 Board Contribution
In December 2015 the Calrossy Anglican School Board informed the School Community that our Principal, Mrs Jackson, after having led Calrossy for 15 years, would be retiring at the end of 2016 - the longest tenure of all preceding principals. During her time as Principal Mrs Jackson has diligently and graciously served Calrossy Anglican School, providing Godly leadership during a period of expansion that has seen the amalgamation of Calrossy with the William Cowper Anglican School. This amalgamation has meant a significant increase in the size and complexity of our structure, but has resulted in an opportunity to provide education from preschool through to Year 12 for both girls and boys. The Board deeply appreciates Mrs Jackson’s guiding leadership over this time. This period has undoubtedly been pivotal in the history of Calrossy Anglican School.
Few responsibilities are greater for a school board than the important task of identifying and appointing a new principal for the school. This undertaking was commenced in early 2015 to allow time to establish a strong platform for the transition to new leadership in 2017. Our School registration was also due in 2016 and the Board is extremely grateful for Mrs Jackson’s effort and expertise in achieving full compliance under very difficult and demanding regulations. Her work has been fundamental for the continuity and stability of School succession. Calrossy Anglican School is large and complex, and the CAS Board has spent much of the first half of 2016 conducting a rigorous and transparent process to identify the needs and attributes required to fill the position of Calrossy Principal. The board is very grateful for the prayer support of the School Community during this period and we were delighted to announce in May, the appointment of Mr David Smith as Calrossy Principal from 2017. Mr Smith’s heritage is in Tamworth, and he comes to Calrossy from St Andrews Cathedral School Sydney, with a strong pedigree in Christian leadership and independent school education.
In the past year the Board has been overseeing the implementation of the 2015 Strategic Plan, and 2017 will bring significant development and progress in the areas of Operations and Master Planning. The Board looks forward to interacting through the School Executive with the wider School Community as we step forward from strong foundations and establish a new and exciting direction for Calrossy Anglican School.
Finally, the Board would like to acknowledge and recognise the Godly leadership provided by the Chairman, Canon Peter Stavert. Canon Stavert will be retiring both from his Parish of St Johns Tamworth and as Board Chairman at the end 2016 and a new Chairman will be elected and commence at the beginning of 2017. Canon Stavert has served on the Calrossy Board for eight years, has been the Chairman for the last three years and has served on school boards across NSW for over 40 years. His wisdom and leadership has been unwavering and his influence will remain with Calrossy for many years. The Board and School Community wish Canon Peter Stavert and his wife Maree every blessing in retirement.