Curriculum expert arrives

By Seymour Telegraph

School is back for the year and Seymour College has welcomed a new assistant principal into the fold.

Dean Bush will be responsible for children from Foundation (Prep) to Year 6.

Mr Bush, a curriculum expert, has come to Seymour College after teaching at Bourchier Street Primary School in Shepparton from 2015 to 2017 and at Thomastown Primary School from 2009 to 2014.

In 2018, he worked for the Department of Education and Training in its Differentiated Support for Schools initiative where he visited schools around Victoria, offering assistance for curriculum delivery.

His time at the Department of Education and Training made him realise that he wanted to step up into a leadership role so when the assistant principal role became available, he jumped at the chance.

Mr Bush described his role at Seymour College as his dream job.

‘‘[This position] felt like it was pretty much my dream job simply because I have a deep, deep passion for curriculum and effective teaching and learning and there is such a huge emphasis on that here,’’ he said.

One of the things that appealed to him the most was the strong community involvement in the school, something he had experienced while working at Shepparton’s Bourchier Street Primary School.

‘‘One thing that I immediately picked up from working in the country is that huge emphasis on community — not that it’s missing in the city schools — but there’s something very special about working in schools like Seymour and Bourchier Street. That connection with the community I think is really, really important, something that I’m definitely loving and wanting to embrace further,’’ Mr Bush said.

For his first year as assistant principal, Mr Bush wants to work on developing a strong relationship between teachers, parents and students from Foundation to Year 6, to ensure every child under his care has a positive learning experience at Seymour College.

He is also responsible for the assessment process and wants to ensure that the children aren’t being assessed for the sake of being assessed.

‘‘It’s what we do with the assessment, how can we use that to actually support the learning of the students and the teachers as well,’’ he said.

Mr Bush is originally from England and taught there for two years before moving to Melbourne at the end of 2008.

After a stint in Melbourne, he headed to the country to see if it would suit him and it sounds like he intends on staying.

‘‘I’d heard about the wonderful things that are going on at Seymour College and I thought, ‘I want to be a part of that process’.’’

Principal Gail Hardman welcomed Mr Bush and said she was looking forward to incorporating his extensive curriculum knowledge across the school.

Her focus for 2019 is to help every student at Seymour College to achieve the best they can and to equip them for the realities of the 21st century.

‘‘This year our vision is for commitment and curiosity. So, developing really curious learners — and that can be teachers and students. We have a big focus on engaging our students so that they will come to school and complete their 13 years of schooling,’’ Mrs Hardman said.

She said she was excited to be the principal of Seymour College at a time when so much was changing.

‘‘It’s a really exciting time to lead a school because the world’s changing at a much faster rate than when I was a teenager, and what these children have to deal with … so much gets thrown at them, so we have to make sure that we understand that and that we’re keeping up with that.’’