Featured Teacher: Head of Senior School Duncan Warlters
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
With a passion for ensuring Hutchins continues its record for outstanding pastoral care and providing leadership opportunities for boys, our Head of Senior School Duncan Warlters is also an advocate for strong relationships between staff and students and between students and their peers. Duncan leads by example and can often be seen taking part in our series of staff v students sporting challenges!
What do you enjoy most about the challenge of teaching boys/working at a boys’ school?
Boys are loyal. When you work with them and develop relationships they will assist and stick with you. I enjoy the challenge of assisting boys to become their best, to become young men of conscience and compassion.
What has been your most inspiring moment at Hutchins?
I think you have those daily and weekly. Seeing boys become more proficient and capable is very satisfying. Central Australia and the Indigenous people (adults and students) who our boys interact with during Power of 9 is something I will always cherish. Our boys our wonderful with the Indigenous children and are superb male role models.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Hutchins – in terms of its programs, facilities and pastoral care programs tailored to the needs of boys?
Relationships – with staff, students and parents. These are all developed through the programs and pastoral care. Power of 9 has a special place for me. I enjoy working with the talented staff in this program. I love seeing the boys grow and develop a greater sense of self.
Why do you think boys learn and thrive best at a boys’ school?
Boys are able to be themselves. Boys have opportunities that are tailored to and for them.
What are the main opportunities you see for boys in your area?
In the Senior School leadership, service, academic, co-curricular and spiritual opportunities abound. Boys are encouraged to pursue their passion and engage with staff and peers in meaningful and fulfilling relationships.
How do the opportunities in your area prepare boys for the future?
From a teaching perspective, Health and Human Movement encourages students to pursue physical activity as a lifelong pursuit. With regard to the Senior School as an experience, we would like our young men to leave Hutchins with a strong understanding of themselves, their faith and a sense of social justice. We want them to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to society as a result of the opportunities they have had. This may include: as an advocate for those on the fringes of society, acting with a global perspective, being robust in interpersonal and communication skills, being able to operate as part of a team, leading with conviction and integrity and ultimately standing up for what is right and just.