Canterbury Boys' High School

We demonstrate excellence in Boys' Education

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Principal's message

Dear parents and care givers,

As the Principal of Canterbury Boys High School I feel tremendously privileged and honoured to be the leader of such a great school. A school that celebrated its 100 year anniversary last year and have alumni such as, Dr George Peponis, Arthur Morris MBE  and The Honourable John Howard. I often find myself wondering the hallways admiring the old photos  and immense history this school has that must be the envy of all other schools in the area.

The first thing I have noticed is how calm, polite, and well-mannered the students are around the school. There is a strong sense of community and belonging from both the staff and the students and it is from that strength that we will drive the improvement in the areas we have identified in our school plan.

I make no apologies for being very clear that in 2019 and beyond Canterbury Boys High School will have high expectations for every student in the classroom. Put simply if you are not a serious learner than Canterbury Boys High School is not the school for you.

In 2019 we will celebrate our successes with our parents. This will be done with phone calls, awards on assemblies and sharing stories on social media. I have challenged my staff to make one positive phone call home a week. We have great students at this school and I want our share this with community so they can become our strongest advocates.

We have developed amazing connections with universities in our local area. Today I had a meeting with the team from the University of New South Wales who have been working with our years 7, 8 and 9 boys on developing plans and study habits that will allow them to gain entry into university. Due to programs like this, and the dedication of the staff, it was with great pleasure that I informed the UNSW that in 2018 41% of the graduates from Canterbury Boys High School were successful  in obtaining entry into university.  A statistic that as a new principal I am very proud of.

Ultimately I will ensure that the focus of my teachers will be in the classroom. I have a tremendous responsibility to the parents in our area to ensure that their boys receive the very best education we can provide. As a parent myself I have very high expectations of the principal at my girls school and I will expect the same if not more from myself. I have been given a tremendous opportunity and responsibility and I am more than ready for the challenges that I will face over the next 5 – 10 years.

Mr Ross Dummett