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Q&A with Assistant School Marshal AJ Masefau

When did you start at BGS?

I started at BGS at the beginning of Term 4 2022. It has been a wonderful experience thus far. The staff and administration team have been extremely supportive as I navigate this new role. Students have been welcoming me with positive greetings and courtesy.

What does your role involve?

As I'm new to the post, I'm discovering the many facets associated with my role. I am five weeks in and it's clear that my role prioritises the safety and high level of care of our school community. With Speech Day around the corner and our Year 12 students preparing for their new season, there is plenty on my agenda.

What do you enjoy about your role?

The details. Growth begins when we are encouraged to be accountable for the small things in our life. Inspiring our students to wear their school uniform with pride is important as it’s an outward expression demonstrating inward discipline towards good character. It's a privilege to journey alongside the boys as they transition to be resilient young men.

Why were you inspired to work at BGS?

BGS is the best school in the state, and I desire to grow alongside the best. When I completed my Master of Education earlier this year, I sought an opportunity to collaborate with a school on innovative leadership in education. When the opportunity to be involved with BGS was brought to my attention, I was very keen to respond.

How do you and School Marshal Joe Rodrigues identify concerns among boys and ensure they feel supported?

BGS is a multiculturally diverse school community that demands excellence across many areas. I see our role as the link between the boys' emotional and intellectual growth. Assisting the boys in these early years to make wise decisions while understanding the consequences of their practises is best achieved when they know they have a support provision available to them. We identify concerns among the boys through positive communication and healthy connections.

If you had to name one thing that sets BGS apart from other schools, what would it be?

The Cocurricular programs. There are wonderful opportunities for students to engage and experience a variety of interest groups. Sport, music recitals and community advocacy events, benefit students’ school experience.

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