MLC congratulates our Principal Rebecca Cody on her appointment as the Principal of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria for 2018 onwards.
"While we will be sad to lose Ms Cody, her drive and dedication to education at MLC is a highly valued legacy. The College's commitment to holistic education, to College Values, and our focus on implementing our very successful Towards 2025 Strategic Plan will remain," said College Council Chair, Dr Penny Flett.
MLC is initiating an international executive search so that a new Principal can commence in 2018. Ms Cody will remain as Principal of MLC for the remainder of 2017 so the transition to a new Principal will be well coordinated.
“Our enrolments are at record levels, our academic results are excellent and our facilities are modern, so we expect to attract a strong field of candidates to become the next Principal of MLC,” Dr Flett said.
“Rebecca has been a dynamic role model for MLC’s students. She is a purposeful, progressive and motivating leader, educator, mother and mentor who has demonstrated integrity, professionalism, resilience and kindness in her relationships with students, staff and the broader MLC community.”
A zeal for learning and a fascination with remarkable endeavours emerged during my early years of schooling. The concept of striving and the pursuit of excellence energised me. Later, this led to an unwavering curiosity as to what motivates and enables individuals to prosper.
Looking back, becoming an educator was a natural progression on my journey from being a highly engaged student in Hobart to the Principal of Methodist Ladies' College in Claremont. My steadfast commitment to leading a learning community where staff and students thrive was inspired by extraordinary teachers who believed in me.
Education shapes societies and cultures, and can transform the lives of those who are blessed to have it. It truly is a "blessing" as there are many children in our world who do not have access to the fundamentals that schools provide; regrettably, most of those who miss out are girls.
My professional challenge and drive is to ensure that each and every MLC learner receives an academically rigorous and holistic education; one that ultimately enables her to become the woman she aspires to be.
Whatever path our girls choose to travel, I encourage them to be leaders in their fields; whether it be in business, service or in the home, our graduates discover how to find their voice and respectfully speak up and take action in times of need. Launched in December 2014, the College's Walton Leadership Institute (WLI) optimises the development of this distinctive MLC characteristic.
Prior to arriving at MLC in 2009, I was the Principal of Woodford House in New Zealand, a leading boarding and day school for girls in the North Island. Adapting to life in another country extended my competencies and offered a rich grounding in change management. The mindset required to make the most of change, and an ever evolving learning landscape, demands practice and the support of astute mentoring. This too is a strong feature of our School's ethos and is prioritised through our Thrival Curriculum – wellbeing, health and positive psychology @ MLC. The WLI and Thrival Curriculum are just two Projects emerging from our new 10-year strategic horizon – Towards 2025.
The art and science of learning to "give to the world your best" gives purpose to my life. Central to this is my own family and the values we share. I especially revel in the joy and playfulness my young son and daughter provide. I also keep fit by chasing them around the house in search of cuddles, and profess to being a connoisseur of Japanese green tea.
The cuddles and tea are enjoyed most with a literary classic - whether it be Jane Austen, or Dr Seuss whose poignant message to be all that you can resonates within.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go…".
Dr Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go.
WA Business News 40under40, 2012
University of Western Australia Strategic Alliance Winner, 2012
Committees and Memberships:
Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority - Secondary Principals' Forum
Australian Heads of Independent Schools Australia
Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia
Australian Institute of Company Directors
The Executive Connection
Alumna of the Cranlana Programme
Uniting Church Commission for Education, Discipleship and Leadership (past)
Trinity Learning Centre Steering Group (past)