Patrician Brothers’ College Blacktown Principal Frank Chiment.
Principal Leader, Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown.
What do you do?
Every day is different. I like to greet our boys in the mornings at the front gate, along with visiting classrooms, meeting with parents and staff, strategic work and various other tasks in order to ensure that we provide the best possible outcomes for our boys.
What first sparked your interest in this area?
I have been teaching for 28 years and have been a principal for nearly two years. I love making a positive difference to the lives of our kids.
What do you like most about the job?
Partnering and supporting members of our community to be the best version of themselves.
What was the most unexpected thing you have had to do in your job?
Cook – and I am not that good at it.
What challenges have you faced during the pandemic?
An openness to being agile and adaptive was critical during this time. Our teachers and support staff were marvellous with supporting our students and families with learning and pastoral care. Maintaining effective communication with all stakeholders was always a challenge, but our College managed it appropriately.
How transferable are your skills?
The many skills that are acquired in teaching are most transferable. I am also a trained media broadcaster and the skills I attained in that domain easily benefit me in my ongoing teaching and leadership role.
What advice do you have for people wanting to get into teaching?
Go for it. Remember to always be a learner and let your passion and enthusiasm shine.
What skills and personal skills do people need?
It is important to be yourself. Kids want to know their teachers. Being highly relational, committed and supportive to the learning growth of your students is essential. Be open to new ideas and how learning can be transformative for the benefit of our learners.