Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

JoAnne Gardiner

Sir Eric Woodward School (SEWS) is a leader in special education in the New South Wales public education system and we pride ourselves on student success and the significance of working in partnership with our whole school community.

Our students light the way with their ability and achievements. The staff  are all leaders and are committed to excellence. SEWS staff know all students enrolled, demonstrate creativity, set high expectations and model exemplary practice. This is combined with a true passion for special education making each member an asset to our professional team.

It is always very exciting and a great pleasure to share  the passion and commitment SEWS has for education and connecting with communities in positive learning partnerships. Sharing and raising awareness about the exciting field of special education and its rewards is something I pride myself on especially in relation to Sir Eric Woodward School.

It is an absolute privilege to share what I experience each day; our truly inspiring students enrolled at the school. SEWS is very diverse, making it unique, exciting and rewarding for all those who are fortunate to be involved. The school delivers quality authentic curriculum across two distinct educational delivery modes, distance education and face-to-face teaching.  Therefore students come from the northern region of Sydney and State-wide New South Wales.

The school is student centred and focuses on ability. I acknowledge the ability of each student, the professionalism of all staff and set high expectations, leading and working alongside my team celebrating a school that is renowned as a centre of expertise.  SEWS openly demonstrates an inclusive educational setting. Acknowledging each student holistically and welcoming all members of the wider school community as integral partners in a great public education school is at our core.

I believe learning should not only be exciting and authentic it should be embedded in a sense of fun which evokes engagement.  The school shares a vision of excellence, with our motto ‘learning in partnership’ and a strong educational pedogogy.