Phone: 9365 2000
Email: Leslie Carruthers
I have come to Como Secondary College after spending 2007 studying for my Masters via the University of Newcastle. It has been quite a while since I had been a student and this recent experience reinforced skills that I developed in years 11 and 12 a number of years ago at Narrogin Senior High School.
After completing my TEE, I moved to Perth to complete a Diploma of Teaching, majoring in Home Economics. My first appointment was to the remote Kimberly town of Halls Creek, where I enjoyed travelling dusty roads to camp in amazing scenery.
After a couple of years without winter rain, I moved to Collie Senior High School to enjoy green countryside, rain and a school that took pride in sporting and academic achievements. Missing the beach I moved north to Dongara and taught for three years in the local school. It was during my last year at Dongara I recognised that I needed a new challenge and so I successfully applied to work at the School of Isolated and Distance Education. My time at SIDE saw me travel to parts of Western Australia I had only read about, develop a healthy respect for students who manage their own learning, become skilled at teaching via the phone, increase my skills in IT and enjoy some of the best coffee and cakes available at the ‘strip’ in Leederville.
Prior to my return to Perth I spent five years in Tom Price, three involved in a joint partnership with the Department of Education and Training and Pilbara Iron, and two as the deputy at the local senior high school. Preceding Tom Price I was the Deputy Principal at Central Midlands Senior High School in Moora and Newman Senior High School.
I am a firm believer that the education process should be a three way process involving child, school and parents. All of us want the best possible outcomes and when parents share this responsibility students are encouraged towards excellence. Together I hope that we can work cooperatively and make appropriate choices, share our responsibilities and take pride in Como, but more importantly, that we pursue Como Secondary College’s key values with determination. I will certainly be perusing these within years 8 and 9, the key year groups I am responsible for.
My time at Como Secondary College has shown me how fortunate the students are to have such an enthusiastic group of people who are dedicated to assisting them achieve and celebrate their personal best. The number of special programs that are offered at CSC exhibit such an enriching array of talents and abilities ensuring enhanced educational programs. It is obvious from the number of individual and team successes that these programs are outstanding.