Head of School

 

Anthony Baron
  

It has been a genuinely moving experience to arrive at Woodford School.  The warmth of the welcome from the whole school community has been exceptional and this kindness is something I will treasure for a long time.  So many people I’ve met have given their time, expertise and effort just to make me feel at home.  It is now a most exciting responsibility for me to justify this welcome by ensuring that the school builds on its many existing qualities and strengths.  Personal warmth, openness, collegiality, enthusiastic teaching and commitment to Woodford are all qualities I have witnessed over these first few days.  I have also been very impressed by the students’ assistance to each other, where by teaching others they are not only helping them but are also much more likely and better able to understand themselves.  I have seen this across a range of subject areas but most notably in Music, PE and in private study.    There is still much to work at and achieve but already I am confident that working together with you the parents and your representatives on the Board we can make positive things happen for the entire school and Solomon Island community.  A first rate international school catering for the academic and welfare needs of all of our children from Pre-K to A/L is well within our reach.

I will mention a little about myself. I have been a teacher and or school leader for nearly 40 years.   I have worked on five continents having previously been a head teacher in International Schools in the Seychelles, the Bahamas and Angola along with deputy head and secondary principal roles in Cambodia and Malawi.  My international career followed 10 years of teaching in the UK and an academic background which includes a Bachelor and Masters degree in Economics, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a second MA in Education Development and Planning from the London University institute of Education.  My aim here at Woodford is to create a culture of continuous improvement where the quality of teaching and learning underpins only necessary change. It is critically important to ensure that this improvement doesn’t come at too great a financial or social cost.  It would be ridiculous to jeopardize the warm heart of this school and the infectious vibrancy of the students and staff in a headlong rush for narrow academic achievement.  Developing a first rate and inclusive international school which goes out of its way to meet the needs of all individual students here in the Solomon Islands can be achieved. It will happen through the implementation of a hands-on, exciting and engaging curriculum (using the PYP, IGCSE and AL models) that draws heavily on the local resources and uses the very nature of the economic and social environment to provide a stimulus to student learning, staff motivation and parental involvement.  

Having had the privilege of working in other small economy environments I know just how vital an exceptional international school can be.  Woodford has the potential to provide an impetus to growth for the entire Solomon Island community. By providing academically able and well-qualified graduates who are internationally minded and imbued with the emotional, flexible and academic mindset necessary for success in todays working environment Woodford is invaluable.  Woodford’s strength in academics and extra-curricular activities will also allow many local employers to attract the high calibre expatriate workers they require.  All parents should not just be comfortable with their kids being here at Woodford but also both thrilled and excited that they are!

Contact me at:

headofschool@wis.edu.sb

Phone+677 30186 l Mobile+677 7494606

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