Sunshine Coast Grammar was excited to officially welcome their new principal, Mrs Maria Woods into the School community with a commissioning held on campus today, July 31.
Former Deputy Principal at Cannon Hill Anglican College in Brisbane for the past four years and also served a period as Acting Principal, Mrs Woods has vast experience in Queensland Schools and holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching.
In 2011, Mrs Woods was awarded a Griffith University Professional Development Scholarship to undertake her Doctorate in Philosophy. Additionally, she is a member of the Australian College of Education and Australian Institute of Company Directors and has presented at various conferences and events on Leadership and Innovation, as well as her own education of Drama and the Arts.
The Acting Chair of the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, the Rev Guido Kettniss described Mrs Woods as a person with inspirational leadership and strong values grounded in Christian faith, both attributes that set her apart as the best candidate to lead Grammar into the future.
“Mrs Woods’ appointment will allow for a smooth transition going forward and we strongly believe that she will reflect the School’s future direction and vision for learning,” said Mr Kettniss.
Maria has previously served in a number of executive roles at St Margaret’s (1999 – 2007) Anglican Girl’s School including Assistant Principal and Head of Boarding.
The Chairman of Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Mr Bernie Stein welcomed the appointment stating state Grammar values its strong sense of community.
“Along with Mrs Woods’ experience, we are certain that she will contribute significantly to the development of the schools vision, where passion meets purpose, based on her commitment to academic excellence, Christian leadership and mindset for the future,” said Mr Stein.
The process for selecting a new principal commenced in October last year and the PMSA Council was assisted by an executive recruitment firm in a comprehensive national search to attract high calibre candidates. The field of applicants included some outstanding senior educators.
“We are delighted to welcome an educator of such calibre and demonstrated achievement to lead Sunshine Coast Grammar School into the future. We join the Sunshine Coast Grammar community in congratulating Mrs Woods looking forward to officially welcoming her into the community,” said Mr Stein.