On behalf of the Board, and after many weeks of reviewing applications, interviews, and discussion, it gives me great pleasure to announce that our very own Mrs Marilyn Louwen has accepted the appointment as Principal (Secondary).
This comes following the announcement in February of Mr Rob Stirling’s resignation after serving ten years in the role.
Mrs Louwen will already be known to many of our Secondary School families as Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning), a role she has fulfilled admirably and with great integrity since commencing with Rehoboth in January this year. As current Principal, Mr Rob Stirling, said:
“Marilyn has been a great asset to our leadership team and a blessing to us since joining us this year. She has a wealth of experience, great interpersonal skills, and a passion for students and learning. I am delighted to be able to hand over to someone that I am confident will not only maintain the ethos of our College, but will lead us from strength to strength in our next stage of development.”
It is a testament to Mrs Louwen’s gifts and experience as a Christian educator that she performed exceptionally well throughout the recruitment process and was able to demonstrate so many of the qualities desired by the College and Board. Not only this, but she remains eminently teachable and eager to continuing improving her own practice – reflecting a core value of Rehoboth’s strategic focus to see our staff as lifelong learners. We are supremely confident that God has brought her to us at this time to help the Secondary School take its next steps.
It is wonderful to be able to make an internal appointment like this, and I believe it demonstrates the wealth of skills, talent, and capacity for growth and leadership within our staff.
Mrs Louwen will officially commence her new duties from 1 January 2018, with a transition period scheduled for Term 4. Recruitment for her replacement in the role of Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning) will commence immediately. We hope to announce the successful candidate late in Term 3.
I wish to again thank Mr Stirling sincerely for the way in which he has conducted himself as Principal over the past ten years. He has provided an exemplary model of Christian leadership to staff and students alike. When the time comes we will miss his clear thinking and organisational skills. We hope to farewell Mr Stirling properly later in the year.