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New Head of School Announced for the School

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The School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Matthew O’Brien as the Head of School from 2021.

Mr Michael Giles, current Head of School, has accepted an appointment in Perth, saying that “I am confident that our School will be in very capable hands. Matthew O’Brien is a passionate and respected educator, who will continue to strengthen and develop the outstanding learning opportunities offered by our School.”

Mr Giles went on to say that “I have thoroughly enjoyed my role at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. It has been a privilege to work with so many talented and professional staff. I thank the students, parents, and wider School community, who have been a joy to serve.”

Mr O’Brien joined the School in 2016 as Head of Secondary and quickly established himself as a skilled and visionary leader, bringing his considerable strategic planning experience to further develop the Secondary School and Boarding House. He has also used research to assess the impact and design of learning spaces on the campus and lead the School in using modern technology and data to support student learning and achievement.

“I am excited to be given the privilege to lead our great School, and I look forward to continue to develop and implement the shared vision we have created together with staff, parents and students. Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School is the center of a very special community and together we will continue to grow, finding the pathway that gives each student every opportunity,” Mr O’Brien said.

The Chair of Board, Mr Simon Jacob, thanked Mr Giles for his leadership and commitment and wished him well on his appointment to a new role in Perth.

“Mr Giles has been responsible for the implementation of many successful programs, which have enhanced the thinking and learning skills of our staff and students, as well as a suite of information technology improvements to ensure our students develop the skills and knowledge required for the 21st century. More recently, he introduced a restructured tuition fee model to make the School more affordable and accessible to regional families,” Mr Jacob stated.

“The Board of Governors is sorry to see Mr Giles leave and wish him success in his new leadership position in Perth. We are very grateful for the nine years of dedicated service to our School community. The Board has every confidence that this is an exceptional opportunity for our School to continue to provide excellent learning opportunities to families in the South West”.

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