Welcome to Whitsunday Anglican School!
I am Andrew Wheaton and am privileged to be the sixth Principal of Whitsunday Anglican School, a leading co-educational K-12 School situated in the beautiful tropical surrounds of Mackay and the Whitsundays.
As educators, it is a rewarding feeling to know that we are part of the start of so many new schooling journeys and the continuation of many more.
At Whitsunday Anglican School, we pride ourselves on providing opportunities in learning and in life. Our students build confidence, character and skills that go beyond school, in a safe and nurturing environment that allows them to thrive.
We challenge and support our students to be the very best they can be – in the classroom and beyond.
From Kindergarten to Year 12, we follow a philosophy of personalised learning and equip our students with the capabilities and values they need to create bright futures.
Our students are encouraged to express their creativity, and to be innovative, as they seek to solve the world’s greatest challenges. We encourage a globally minded outlook and we develop our students’ resilience and strength of character through co-curricular pursuits, a love of the Arts and leading sporting and pastoral care programs. We also value our students serving others in the community, humbly putting others before self.
Throughout my career, I have been privileged to have worked in a diverse range of independent day and boarding schools in Australia and the United Kingdom, in city, rural and regional communities.
I am immensely proud to lead this great school – alongside our talented teachers and staff, and in collaboration with our remarkable students and school community – into a new stage of development, one that will contribute to and build on our outstanding reputation.
In 2022 work has commenced on an exciting advanced technological learning hub at Whitsunday Anglican School. The STEAM Centre is designed to link in with the region’s industry strengths and provide future opportunities for students in Science, Technologies, Engineering, Mathematics and Design – critical STEAM skills for the future.
A first for the Mackay and Whitsunday region, the world-class facility will be accessed by students from Kindergarten to Year 12, placing them at the forefront of innovative education. The STEAM Centre is designed to support young people to develop the real-life skills they need for success beyond school, facilitating creativity, collaboration, innovation and enterprise.
It will allow students to immerse themselves in areas that directly relate to future skills in health and biotechnology, the resource industry, engineering, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, robotics, the Internet of Things, food production, technology and design, and much more.
The STEAM Centre has been developed through a leading research partnership between the School and the University of Melbourne – Australia’s number one ranked university and world leader in education.
We are incredibly excited to see this building come to fruition for our students in 2023!
I invite you to take a virtual ‘fly through’ via the link below.
At Whitsunday Anglican School we value strong partnerships with our families, so that our students may realise their full potential.
While the website provides a comprehensive snapshot of Whitsunday Anglican School I encourage you to come and visit us by booking a personal tour today – contact our Registrar Mrs Simone McFarlane at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online to reserve a place in the relevant year level or on our waiting list.
I look forward to welcoming your family to our wonderful School.
Mr Andrew Wheaton
BA, GradDipEd UNE, MEd (Lead) UQ, MACEL, MACE, GAICD