“Love is the engine of change” is a saying that rings true to us at Parklands Christian College. Change, after all, is at the heart of a well-rounded education: What we learn changes our mental, social, emotional, physical and spiritual relationship to the world. Hence, at Parklands we empower our students’ education firstly by having them experience love through care and acceptance. This means that we don’t wait for students to change before we care for them; we care for them regardless of their actions, so that they can and want to change. We say that whichever of your achievements we celebrate or whatever poor choice you make, we love you, we value you, we believe in you, and we are here for you. This goes to the very heart of our College.
When I arrived at Parklands in 2017, I immediately sensed that care and acceptance was more than a slogan appropriate for a Christian school. It is deeply rooted in our unique culture and our Christian faith. Serving as Parklands’ second principal, I will ensure that our school will continue to grow and develop its excellence in teaching and learning, facilities and staffing, while staying absolutely true to these foundations.
I was born and bred in southern Germany and became a teacher in the Bavarian state school system. Even before I started studying for my teaching degree, I sensed God’s calling to work in the Christian education sector. After my move to Australia, I was able to find my feet as a teacher, deputy and then principal at another Christian school.