By Brendan Rees
It was back to school for Casey Cardinia Libraries CEO, Chris Buckingham, but not as you might think.
Donning his principal’s mantle and adding a flexible timetable, Mr Buckingham was guest speaker at Cranbourne South Primary School on Thursday 7 September.
Mr Buckingham said he spent time with students and teachers in classrooms and special programs; and met with the school leadership team to discuss topics of interest.
“I went away feeling quite inspired. They were just so positive and so energetic, but in a really challenging work environment,” he said.
Mr Buckingham’s visit formed part of The Australian Council for Educational Research popular Principal For a Day program, which commenced in 2001 to increase understanding, awareness and partnerships between schools, businesses and the community.
“Principal for a Day is terrific opportunity for business and community leaders to engage with local schools. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with Monique Corcoran and the Cranbourne South Primary School, and learn more about how contemporary education practices have evolved,” Mr Buckingham said.
“Partnerships between public libraries and schools are a no-brainer. We are united in our commitment to encourage early literacy skills, lifelong learning and to supporting stronger, more resilient communities.”
Mr Buckingham said it was a privilege to spend the day with the staff and students and “build relationships to actually deliver good outcomes.”
“You just see people do remarkable work and you think nothing is impossible. I’ll definitely be doing it again next year,” he said.
The Principal for a Day program is currently operating in state primary, secondary and special schools in Victoria.
The program is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training through the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.