Earlier this year, it was announced that current Principal Cheryl Bauer had made the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2017 School year, following 10 years of outstanding service at St John’s Grammar School.
The School’s Board of Governors subsequently embarked on an extensive recruitment process to identify the right leader to be the next Principal of our School. We attracted a comprehensive field of highly qualified individuals from throughout South Australia’s independent schooling sector, as well as applications from interstate and overseas candidates.
Following this intensive process, we have identified an outstanding replacement for Ms Cheryl Bauer in Mr Richard Anderson, our current Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at St John’s Grammar.
Richard stood out from every other interviewed applicant; his was an outstanding interview and presentation, leaving the selection panel in no doubt whatsoever of his vision, abundant energy and commitment to the future development of our School.
Richard has been at St John’s Grammar for the past 17 years, with the past nine of those as Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School. During that time, he was instrumental in establishing the structures for our new Middle and Senior Schools in the early 2000s. Some of the initiatives that Richard has pioneered during his time at St John’s Grammar include:
- Designing and implementing the Pastoral system including House, Welfare and Wellbeing and Behaviour Programs.
- Establishing a Health and Personal Development strand of learning and developing a coherent, meaningful and extensive social and emotional learning program from Year 7 to 12.
- Establishing a senior years educational experience that:
- provides pathways to future learning and the workplace
- nurtures personal growth and life skills
- encourages community leadership.
- Co-developing an International Student Program that now has more than 30 students and a reputation for quality education.
- Developing a unique student leadership program that provides opportunity for pupils to grow as future leaders, including the introduction of student-to-student coaching.
Richard will commence in the role of Principal from 1 January 2018, and over the coming weeks, we will begin the recruitment process for a new Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School.
I trust that you will share my enthusiasm and that of the Board of Governors as we look forward to Richard’s contributions in the coming years. Meanwhile, Cheryl Bauer will continue to energise and excite the School community with her initiative and her steadfast commitment to the life of St John’s Grammar School.
Chair, Board of Governors