Dear Westall College Community,I feel very privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to lead the College as our new Principal. The school has been fortunate to have the outstanding leadership of David Tyson as Principal over the last 5 years and I know David will be missed by the Westall community. Westall Secondary College has been very active in the community and has benefited from many positive changes and initiatives in recent years. I am excited about continuing this work and am confident that Westall Secondary College will continue to grow and develop even further in the coming years. I would like to publicly thank and acknowledge our Assistant Principal, Mrs Kesidis, for her amazing leadership and work with the Westall community over many years. Mrs Kesidis has been invaluable to me personally and the College is very fortunate to have such an amazing school leader and teacher who is absolutely passionate and committed to the Westall community. In regards to my background, I have been a teacher and leader at 3 previous schools and over the last 7 years I have been a member of the Principal team at McClelland College in Frankston. In addition to my teaching degree I also completed further study with a Masters in School Leadership at the University of Melbourne. My philosophy as a school leader is a relentless focus on student outcomes and creating a learning environment that allows students and teachers to achieve their best and strive for excellence. Parents and community are critical to this success and there is significant research that shows the more involved parents and the local community are with a school that the more successful that school will be. Working with the community and looking at ways to get parents more involved will be a focus. A calm, orderly environment, consistency in expectations and a focus on continuous improvement are factors I see as critical. I hear and have seen very positive with our Westall Community in this regard and in particular the character and application of our students. I also want to recognise and comment on the excellent staff we have at Westall. Both teaching and education support staff have been incredibly welcoming, professional and enthusiastic and I know what an outstanding and dedicated team of staff we have here. I am incredibly excited and enthusiastic about getting to know you all. I will be using the Westall motto of SERVICE and INTEGRITY in guiding all of my actions as Principal. Please feel free to contact the College if there is anything we can support with. Take care and have a great 2015. Tristan Lanarus, Principal Westall Secondary College. Tristan Lanarus Principal Phone: 9546 3233
EXCITING NEWS: A NEW WEBPAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR 2015
Ilia was one of the 105 students from Australia who was invited to sit for the two days four hourly examinations on the 10th and 11th of February.Congratulations to Ilia who achieved a Gold Award and was ranked 5th position at the national level. The next stage is Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad. Ilia is one of the most successful students invited to sit for APMO on the 10th of March. This is a regional Mathematics Olympiad involving countries around the Pacific Rim. The APMO is the second of four selection examinations that students must sit if they are to be considered to represent Australia at the International Mathematics Olympiad 2015 We wish Ilia success in his coming examination.