My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:2-3

Dr Emma Burgess announced as new Principal Danebank Anglican School for Girls

The Danebank Advantage

This week, we hosted our first Open Morning for the year. It was a wonderful and well-attended morning where we were able to open our doors to prospective families and provide them with an opportunity to learn more about our school, explore our facilities, but most importantly, to hear from our girls and to experience first-hand the distinctive educational advantage that being a Danebank girl offers.

The Danebank Advantage is easily recognisable:

  • We place our girls and people first
  • We are a leading, Christian girls’ school of exceptional learning and care
  • Danebank educates Magnificent Women who are equipped and empowered for future life success, to serve and shape the world.

This week I also had the pleasure of welcoming one of my predecessors, Miss Rosalyn Bird, the fifth Danebank Principal from 1988 to 2009, back to our school to connect and learn more about the history of our school.

I believe that a Danebank education gives our girls an advantage in a rapidly changing world, where the ability to think and learn are critical attributes. Our graduates are confident, compassionate and articulate. Alumnae go on to thrive in various pathways. They study at the best universities, both locally and internationally, achieve prestigious scholarships, locally and abroad, and flourish in their careers and personal lives.


Charting our Path Forward

Part of our ongoing success lies in our commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. As we consider our future and chart our path forward, it will be important for us to identify areas of opportunity for growth and development.


Priority to build relationships

A priority for me this year is to build relationships and to ensure that members of our community have an opportunity to contribute to our conversation about the future of our school. To do this, I am taking the time to observe, listen and learn from students, parents, staff, alumnae and our wider community, including past Principals of Danebank.


Meeting Staff

From the first weeks of term, I have been meeting with each member of staff for a one-on-one conversation. It has been wonderful to hear about what drew each person to Danebank and what has kept them here over the years, and to learn about the perceived strengths and opportunities for growth as we begin to plan for the next decade.


Meeting Students

So far, I’ve enjoyed greeting girls at the gates in the mornings and our fun conversations in the corridors, classrooms and playground. During Senior School Assembly this week, I shared with the girls that it is my intention to meet with each year group or class (from Pre-K through to Year 12) so I can hear more from them too. I am looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of student viewpoints on all aspects of Danebank life.  These student meetings will occur throughout the year.


Home-School Partnership

I am also looking forward to hearing from you as the partnership between home and our school is critical. Over the next three terms, I will be hosting a series of informal gatherings, known as Conversations with Dr Burgess. This will be an opportunity for you to discuss ideas and share your thoughts on possible opportunities that will enrich Danebank. Detailed information here.


I am looking forward to meeting with you soon.