I have read that Monday January 16 was “Blue Monday”, said to be the most depressing day of the year. Although Wikipedia tells me that this concept has been dismissed as baseless pseudoscience, we need to be cognisant of the challenges folks might face. 

For me, a great way of remaining positive and optimistic is reminding myself why I do what I do. It is such a privilege to be trusted with the education of some 1,427 young people and it is a responsibility I take seriously. As a Public Servant, I have been keen to reflect with colleagues on the Seven Principles of Public Life, also know as the Nolan Principles. 

They are: 

If we work with these in mind and make every decision mindful about what is right for the young people in our care, we can’t go far wrong. Here’s to the future and here’s to our young people and the John Kyrle High School family.