While One Door Closes, Another One Opens

I am delighted to share some exciting news with all of you. I have been appointed as the Group Head of Schools to lead the Aoba International Educational System in Tokyo, starting from the new 2023/2024 academic year in August. As I step into this new role, I can’t help but reflect on the incredible journey I have had at St Edward’s Primary School since January 2021.

During my time at St Edward’s, we have witnessed remarkable growth, both in terms of student enrolment and the quality of education provided. I am immensely proud of the progress we have achieved together, a testament to the hard work and dedication of our exceptional staff, supportive parents, and, of course, our students.

The experiences and accomplishments we have shared at St Edward’s have shaped me as an educator and prepared me for this new opportunity at the Aoba International Educational System. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the St Edward’s community for entrusting me with the responsibility of being the principal and for allowing me to contribute to the growth and development of our students.

As I embark on this new chapter in my career, I carry with me the values and lessons learned from St Edward’s. The commitment to preparing children for the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing world remains at the heart of my educational philosophy. I firmly believe that education is the foundation of a strong and resilient society.

In my new role, I am eager to continue fostering a culture of lifelong learning among students and staff alike. I will strive to promote innovation and creativity in teaching and learning, fostering an environment that empowers students to thrive and reach their full potential.

While I am excited about the future at the Aoba International Educational System, I will always cherish the memories and achievements we have accomplished together at St Edward’s. I am immensely grateful for the trust and confidence that the Aoba International Educational System has placed in me, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of young people and contributing to the development of a more prosperous and harmonious society.

I look forward to building new relationships within the Aoba community and working closely with parents, teachers, and students to achieve our shared goals. Together, I am confident that we can continue to make a difference and create a brighter future for all. Your thoughts and suggestions are most welcome to help me navigate this new journey.

Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edwardโ€™s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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