NSW Department of Education
WII–MA–LI (light the fire): The impact of the Connected Communities strategy on Hillvue Public School
The Connected Communities Strategy is about developing an inclusive culture in a school and providing an environment that maximises student learning with an emphasis on high expectations, engagement and achievement. Globally there have been significant changes to how children learn and how teachers teach. Our school environment and the world in which our students grow and function continues to change in so many ways! We are responsive to the influences that impact on the Hillvue Public School community as we deliver a quality and engaging education now and into the future. It is up to us to light the fire of education in our students and communities, a fire that ignites a passion for learning and valuing education and the opportunities it provides. Our journey has involved the development and implementation of many initiatives that go hand-in-hand to support improved outcomes for our students and families. At Hillvue, our focus is on innovation, opportunity and success. We believe that all students can learn and all students will learn. We have significantly improved literacy and numeracy outcomes, increased both student and parent engagement and developed a strong culture of professional learning and reflective practice.
About Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw is currently Director Educational Leadership, Western Plains Network, NSW Department of Education and a board member on the University of NSW Gonski Institute. Chris has 38 years’ experience in education, and has been the principal of six schools with enrolments ranging from 32 to 750 students. From 2013 to Term 1 2018, Chris was the Executive Principal of Hillvue Public School, Tamworth. Hillvue has an enrolment of approximately 300 students, 80 per cent of whom identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Hillvue is one of 15 Connected Communities Schools in New South Wales. In Semester 2, 2018 Chris stepped out of his role as Director to relieve as Executive Principal of Walgett Community College, also a Connected Communities School. Chris Shaw’s vision and focus is based on providing an environment that maximises student learning with an emphasis on high expectations, engagement and achievement. He has received a number of accolades, including the ACEL William Walker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership in 2015 and a NSW Nanga Mai Award for outstanding commitment to increasing knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal histories, culture and experiences of Aboriginal peoples in 2018.