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A new Principal for Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega, was commissioned on February 25th 2019. The new Principal is Mrs Tracey Gray, who formerly acted as Head of the Duncraig Campus of St Stephen’s School in Perth.

After completing her schooling, Mrs Gray spent ten years working in the finance sector. Her childhood experience of 11 schools in three countries contributed to her motivation to re-train in education, in order to provide students with a positive experience of learning, which recognises individual gifts and makes the learning experience intriguing and inspiring. For over fifteen years she has taught at both primary and secondary levels, and she has a particular interest in building connections between parents and schools.

Mrs Gray was Manager of Federal and State Government Initiatives for the Association of Independent Schools WA from 2009-2012. In this role she provided K-12 consultancy and leadership to 150 independent schools on managing the finances of independent schools, school improvement, strategic planning, registration, and the roles and responsibilities of board members. Mrs Gray represented the Independent Schools of WA in national initiatives including development of the Australian Curriculum, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Teacher and Principal standards, and Performance Development Frameworks for Schools. Along with Phil Ridden, she wrote a book for the Australian Council for Educational Research called So you want to be a teacher?, which aims to de-mystify the teaching profession for people thinking of a career  in education.

Mrs Gray has a Master’s degree specialising in educational leadership, literacy and restorative practices, and has enjoyed doing biblical studies at Trinity Theological College in Perth, along with her husband Steve, a business analyst.

Special guests at the commissioning assembly included the Mayor, Ms Kristy McBain, past Principal Mr Andrew Duchesne, Dr Sue Duchesne, Headmaster of The Kings School, Parramatta, Mr Tony George and Dr Jenny George. The heads of The King’s School and Sapphire Coast Anglican College are keen to work together.

Celebrating the new Principal’s commissioning at Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega: Mayor Kristy McBain and Board Chair Jill Ireland, student leaders Neera Sakunthai, Luke Walters, Kate Oastler, Liam Sutherland, Aleesha Dummett, Emily Smith, Principal Tracey Gray, Chaplain Rev. Tim Narraway, Tracey’s daughter Emma Gray, Business and Property Manager Heather Walsh, Jenny and Tony George from The King’s School, Director of Curriculum Jack Shannon and Registrar Aimee Hay.

Also taking part in the commissioning were student leaders, the College’s new Chaplain, The Reverend Tim Narraway, who is the Youth and Families Minister across the Anglican parishes of Cobargo-Bermagui and Bodalla-Narooma, and The Reverend Captain Stuart Haynes, who is Acting Rector of the Anglican Parish of Bega. A musical item dedicated to Mrs Gray was written and performed by 14-year-old Felicity Dowd, who has recently returned from performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Chair of the South Coast Anglican Schools Board, Dr Jill Ireland, indicated at the commissioning service that the Board and the whole College community are thankful to God for providing a Principal who is dedicated to using her gifts for the benefit of students and staff at the College. Sapphire Coast Anglican College is spending 2019 celebrating its first 25 years, and looking forward with anticipation to developments over the next quarter-century.

by Dr Jill Ireland
Chair, South Coast Anglican Schools Board