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We had a very special visitor join us at Rowville Secondary College for the 17th annual ‘Principal For A Day’ event on Friday 8th September.  Professor Hugh Taylor AC, President, the International Council of Ophthalmology, Melbourne Laureate Professor and Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne stepped out of his academic world and into our Rowville Secondary College life.

“What a fantastic day and a real honour to show Professor Hugh Taylor around our One Great School and let him see for himself the four stand-out learning programs we offer our students. I am thrilled that Professor Taylor was so keen to gain a first-hand experience of Rowville Secondary College and willingly participated in a variety of activities including talking to classes, sharing ideas with the staff and exchanging insights with our school leadership team.” Says Julie Kennedy, College Principal.

Professor Taylor began the day at our Eastern campus chaperoned by our Year 9 student leaders visiting several classes including Dance Specialism, Year 8 English and our sports precinct. He said he was very impressed with the facilities the students have at Rowville Secondary College. At the West our school captains took him on a tour and Hugh participated both in a Year 12 English Language class and interactive MSA class with all of our academy students present. Hugh outlined his remarkable career followed by Q & A with the students. The leadership team also discussed our school strategic plan and vision, and future partnership work with Melbourne University.

‘Principal For A Day’ provides us with an excellent opportunity to enable a distinguished community leader to gain unique insights into the learning environment at our school. It’s also an opportunity for our school to hear from inspiring community role model.

Professor Hugh Taylor said “I have been looking forward to this experience for a long time and I have gained a new perspective and insight into the outstanding caliber of work being done in government schools like Rowville Secondary College. I was impressed with the schools vision, the strengths-based learning programs they offered all students and that curiosity and powerful learning was at the centre of everything they do. ” Says Taylor. “Being involved in the Principal for a Day program is a natural fit – it’s a great way for schools and the broader community to work together in preparing our children for the future,” Professor Hugh Taylor said.

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