Over the last four months the College has undertaken the recruitment process to appoint a Deputy Principal to replace Kate Croft, who leaves us after 23 years of dedicated service to the College. COVID slowed this process down as we had to wait for borders to open before we could meet our short-listed candidates in person and tour them around the College. In addition, due to the delay in the process, the Deputy Principal will not be able to commence at the College until the start of Term 2, next year.
I am pleased to announce that the new Deputy Principal of Scotch Oakburn College is Mr Ben Marsland. Both Scotch Oakburn staff and students who met Ben immediately recognised his energy and enthusiasm, his strong interpersonal skills, and appreciated his genuine interest in people and his warmth; there was a mutual sense of ‘good fit’.
Ben is the current Head of Wesley College, Clunes Campus, a Year 9 residential campus in central Victoria; a role he has held for the past five years. An accomplished professional musician in his own right, Ben has had a successful career in education that spans 25 years in a number of schools in Victoria. He has taught classroom music across Year 7 to 12 in the Australian Curriculum, the Victorian Certificate of Education, the International Baccalaureate and Vocational Education and Training programs, as well as holding the positions of Assistant Head of Music, Year 10 Curriculum Coordinator and Induction Leader at the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School, an indigenous school built around a cross-cultural partnership with the Bunuba community in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region. In the co-curricular area Ben has been the musical director for several bands, ensembles and musicals, performing on stages around the world.
Ben has supplemented his practical experience with professional learning in: educational leadership and research; social and emotional learning; inter-disciplinary learning; positive education; restorative practices; mental health first aid and remote area first aid; as well as presenting at a number of curriculum conferences, and contributing to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Music Curriculum Review in The Hague.
I look forward to formally welcoming Ben to the Scotch Oakburn College community in April next year and know that he will be made to feel at home.