Introducing our new Principal, John Metcalfe
I am very pleased to have been selected by the Board to take over the reins of Plenty Valley Christian College in 2017. After a few years in a system-wide administration role with NT Christian Schools, I am reminded that God made me to work closer to the chalkface with young people enjoying the wonder of learning, growing and developing character and also partnering with a team of committed teachers and hardworking support staff. My understanding is that this is what happens at Plenty Valley Christian College.
My immediate family includes my wife, Andrea and two grown sons. Andrea is a teacher and also enjoys working with children and having a role in planning and supporting their development. Our eldest son, Zac, is in his first year of teaching Physical Education at Wyong Christian School in NSW. Matthew, our youngest is in his final year of Bachelor of Business in Sydney. As a family we have committed ourselves to serving God wherever He calls us. Andrea and I feel called to PVCC for the next stage in our journey.
After graduating from Flinders University with a Physical Sciences Degree and a Diploma in Education, I started teaching in Mt Gambier, South Australia. I love teaching and I have served in a number of Christian schools since 1983 when I visited my then girlfriend, Andrea, who was then teaching at Marrara Christian School in Darwin. That was when I was introduced to and began my journey in Christian education and, over the years, as I learned more about it my commitment strengthened.
During my five years at Marrara I embraced the idea that, together, parents and teachers could enable students to be all that they can be because they understood their Maker's plan for them; not only the way the world worked but why it worked that way and what expectation of character and action God has for us.
From Marrara, I moved to take up my first Principal's role in a school of 100 students at Wellington Christian School, NSW. Next on to Orange Christian School (400 students) and in 2005 back to Marrara Christian School (600 students) as Principal. Between Orange and Marrara, I spent three years as the National Director of, what is now, Christian Education National, the body that supports PVCC and many other Christian schools around Australia. It was during that time I first visited PVCC and even then I felt it was 'my kind of school'.
I am very pleased to be joining the Plenty Valley team and I hope and pray that the contribution that I bring to the leadership will help build on the evident strengths and work already done to write the next chapter in the College’s history.