Leading Western Australian educator Richard Wright has been named PLC Perth’s new Head of Junior School.
Mr Wright is currently Head of the LW Preparatory School at Christ Church Grammar School, a position he has held for nearly 10 years. He will take up his new role at PLC from Term 1, 2019. PLC Perth Principal Dr Kate Hadwen said Mr Wright had an exceptional track record of delivering outstanding leadership in primary education in WA schools for over two decades.
Prior to his role at Christ Church Grammar Mr Wright was Head of Primary at John Wollaston Anglican Community School, Camillo, WA, where he implemented the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
“Richard’s appointment will see him return to PLC, where he was Deputy Head of Junior School in 2005,” Dr Hadwen said.
“It is a wonderful full circle for Richard in his education leadership journey. His links with PLC since he worked here have continued as his sons attended our Early Learning Centre and his daughter is a current student.”
Mr Wright said he has the passion, drive, energy and determination to lead the PLC Junior School through its next phase of development and beyond.
“I have great passion for working with students and motiviated, skilled and enthusiastic staff,” Mr Wright said. Taking on this position provides me with an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, staff and the community”.
Dr Hadwen said she was delighted to also announce the appointment of two new Deputy Heads of Junior School.
Current Acting Deputy Head of Junior School Jennifer Rickwood had been appointed Deputy Head of Junior School – Teaching and Learning and Vernita Jaques had been named Deputy Head of Junior School – Pastoral Care and Operations.
Ms Jaques is currently Deputy Head of Primary and Head of Early Learning Centre at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig. She will take up the new role at the start of Term 4 this year.
“Both Jenny and Vernita have considerable experience in primary education in leadership roles,” Dr Hadwen said.
“Jenny’s work with, and knowledge, of the International Baccalaureate PYP programme will continue to develop and enhance the School’s strength in inquiry-based learning. Vernita’s extensive work in developing effective pastoral care programmes, service learning inititiatives, student leadership training and staff wellbeing workshops will add an innovative and dynamic contribution to the Junior School leadership team.”
Dr Hadwen said the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge held by the new leadership team presented an exciting new chapter for PLC’s Junior School.