Mr Paul Beacham, an experienced teacher and long term staff member, has commenced as Principal of Southern Hills Christian College with the start of the second school term.
Over his 19 years at the College, Mr Beacham has led a range of subjects, as well as served as Deputy Principal, Head of Student Services and Head of Department.
He has also championed the school’s many leadership programs, including ‘Leavers 2 Leaders’, which for 9 years has seen year 11 and 12 students visit the Philippines in late November to work with those less fortunate rather than participate in typical ‘leavers’ revelry.
“Having spent many years at the College, seeing amazing transformation in the lives of our students, I am extremely glad to have the opportunity to lead Southern Hills Christian College”, said Mr Beacham.
“Southern Hills has a reputation in the community for working with students, from whichever level they join us, to see real advances in their learning, character and outlook.
“I am keen to further develop our learning programs, extra-curricular activities, and the unique approach to service and leadership which permeates our secondary school,” he said.
Mr Beacham looks forward to running community-focussed events and welcoming new families to Southern Hills.
“I’ll be connecting to parents through our mid-week coffee shop program, run on Wednesday mornings, and meeting many members of the local community to see how we can connect to improve student outcomes while serving the wider community”, he said.
In addition to its academic and leadership programs, the College also operates Camp Withnell, an outstanding high ropes and outdoor education facility as a part of its cadets program.
A parent-run playgroup, the Bedfordale Bandicoots, also commences operation from Southern Hills as of term two.
Mr Beacham succeeds Mr Gavin Nancarrow, who had led Southern Hills Christian College for two years and grew the College’s literacy, numeracy, music, sport and leadership programs.