In 2014, Principal Michael Senior stood in front of parents and staff at Nudgee Junior College and presented his vision to develop a Year 4 to 12 school in the western suburbs of Brisbane.
Five years on, that vision has come to fruition and the inaugural Year 12 students will graduate from Ambrose Treacy College (ATC) in Brisbane.
Michael’s vision to create and develop a new Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition for boys in Years 4 to 12 has seen enrolments triple to reach over 1200 students this year. His exemplary leadership has been evident in every aspect of the development of the College.
His dedication is extraordinary—from personally conducting a significant number of the enrolment interviews, to knowing each child and their interests, to developing a strong learning culture, attending nearly all of the school events, and ensuring students and staff feel supported. Michael’s vision also extends to building contemporary learning environments within the riverside campus.
ATC Deputy Principal David Gardiner said that Michael is an outstanding leader who has dedicated 40 years of his life to education.
“Michael’s leadership has clearly articulated that staff must work with the energy of boys, learn about strategies to best support boys, and develop positive relationships with boys,” David says.
“Michael values his staff. He sees them as the special attribute of the school and invests in them. Because of his outstanding professionalism, genuine care and strong values, he is held in very high respect by staff and families.
“His extraordinary work ethic, mixed with a genuine concern for everyone, has seen the establishment of a unique community at ATC.”
Parents agree. Catherine Simons speaks on behalf of hundreds of parents when she says Michael has helped create “the perfect school” for her son and other boys.
“Michael is a ‘visible’ Principal. He attends everything and I am blown away that he knows every parent and students’ name. Michael has set the culture at the school that we are a team – staff, students and parents – that can come together as one,” Catherine says.
“The biggest strength of Michael is he knows how boys learn … he lets boys ‘move to learn’,” she says.
“My son and I feel so blessed that we have been guided by such an extraordinary man.”
A recent survey of ATC families highlighted the appreciation families have for the emphasis Michael has placed on the new school having a strong pastoral and student well-being focus, being able to cater for a variety of abilities, and having a strong sense of community.
Congratulations Michael on your nomination.