This year has seen a significant change at the top at Canterbury College. After almost 15 years of growth and expansion with Donna Anderson at the helm as Head of College, a new Principal has recently taken the reins.
After three years in Adelaide as Deputy Principal of Seymour College, Daniel Walker returns to Brisbane. When asked what drew him to Canterbury, Mr Walker speaks about the beauty and strengths of the College, the second largest Anglican school in Queensland.
“It is a well-resourced, expansive campus, with its biggest strengths in the authentic connections between staff and students, its high standard of programs and the quality of the workforce,” he says.
Mr Walker brings to the College more than 22 years of teaching across the independent and state school sectors, and a broad range of academic, pastoral care, staffing, operations and administrative roles.
“The College is in a great place reputation-wise as one of Queensland’s most innovative independent schools and I plan to continue to grow that reputation across everything we do,” he says.
“A new 2020-2024 Strategic Plan to be formulated later this year means that there are great opportunities to be bold, contemporary and exciting; to rethink who we are and what we will do into the future.”
Mr Walker says he looks forward to speaking to parents, students, staff and alumni for their input into these plans in the days and months ahead.
A College of innovation
Canterbury College is an independent, co-educational Kindergarten to Year 12 College in Waterford, with 1475 students and 200 staff across its 30 hectares of natural bushland, grassed ovals and landscaped grounds.
The College has gone from strength to strength in recent years, investing significantly in refurbishing existing facilities and building new ones. Classrooms across the campus have been revitalised, along with both libraries, into dynamic, bright and connected learning spaces. A cutting-edge Digital Hub, featuring virtual reality, robotics and other digital technologies often unique to schools in Australia, was opened in 2017.
In a great win for the College and the wider Logan community, Canterbury successfully tendered for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games 400 metre athletics track and three squash courts. An opening ceremony for these facilities, featuring many special guests, was held earlier this year.
Under construction currently is a highly anticipated Aquatic and Tennis Courts Complex, featuring two pools and eight tennis courts, to be ready for the commencement of the 2020 College year.
Teaching and learning strengths
Canterbury offers students a very broad curriculum, with a range of vocational, academic and extracurricular opportunities, leading to diverse career pathways. The College was ranked 26th in Queensland for 2018 OP results, and was the top performing school in the Logan City Council region. 90 per cent of 2018 Year 12 students received an OP of 1-15 and every student that applied to study at a university received an offer of a place.
Canterbury prides itself on being a holistic, inclusive school community. The pastoral programs and strong sense of community support encourage and inspire students on their individual academic, social, physical and cultural journeys.
The College operates regular mindfulness sessions using Smiling Minds, including meditation classes. Canterbury is a partner school for Stymie, a reporting system for students to advise of any concerns they have about the safety and wellbeing of themselves and other students. The College also actively participates in National Days of Action and offers regular workshops with guest speakers for parents and students on topics such as antibullying and cyber safety.
Canterbury’s world-class Arts Academy provides music, dance, drama and visual arts students with masterclasses, significant performance opportunities and the chance to work with leaders in the field. This year the College has seen a record number of students undertake studio tuition lessons and join the various arts ensembles.
The Sporting Program guides students to success in TAS Sport, as well as supporting many students to excel in regional, state, national and international competitions. The College was also recently named Netball Queensland’s School of the Year.
“Canterbury has undisputed, considerable assets in its academic, sporting, arts and pastoral care offerings. My challenge is to build upon these strong foundations to take the College into the future, with world-ready curriculum and skill building opportunities to enable our students to be truly global workers, entrepreneurs and citizens.”
See for yourself at an upcoming Open Day
The College holds an Open Day event each term. For upcoming dates, please visit the College website.