Nick HarrisonAssistant Principal (Senior Phase)

    Qualifications
    Bachelor of Science (Honours); Graduate Diploma of Exercise and Sports Science; Graduate Diploma of Education; AMI/NAMTA Certificate in Orientation to Adolescent Studies.

    Biography
    Nick is an experienced educator with a background in both senior and primary education. He began work at the college in 2015 to lead the Senior Phase and establish a program that is underpinned by Montessori principles as well as meeting the needs of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and ensuring students develop the necessary skills and meet the prerequisites for tertiary or further education. He is currently preparing the school to become an International Baccalaureate world school, which will offer the IB Career-related programme.
    Nick’s background is quite diverse, with experience as a leader in both primary and senior education. He was the PYP International Baccalaureate Coordinator and Head of Junior Science at Wesley College in Melbourne, Head of House at Westbourne Grammar, as well as assisting in the development and implementation of an innovative middle school program at the school, founded on similar principles to Montessori adolescent programs. Nick then moved to Queensland to lead the Peregian Beach College secondary program. Nick also has a background in elite sport and competed for Australia in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    Why are you involved with Montessori Education?
    Montessori education supports a child’s natural curiosity, desire to learn and explore and make sense of the world around them. I believe that all children should have the opportunity to have their curiosity and creativity nurtured. In spite of having worked in many schools where these qualities were valued, the structures and processes of most traditional schools seem to undermine them. I love how the Montessori approach also instills independence and prepares children for life beyond school, an aspect of education which is again lacking in many schools. In the senior years, a Montessori philosophy enables young adults to become independent drivers of their own educational journey. At a time in their schooling when learning traditionally becomes more inflexible, the Montessori approach puts the educational needs of the child first, nurturing their passions and helping them grow and develop into the adult they have the potential to be.

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