Principal's Welcome

   Principal's Welcome Message


Drew Janetzki Principal of Fern Bay Public School  @drewjanetzki (Twitter)

For those I have yet to meet, my name is Drew Janetzki and I am the proud Principal of Fern Bay Public School. 


Since I began as the Principal one of my key objectives is to change thinking and improve practice for all staff and students.

Hence #changeatfernbayps

Since mid 2015 we have been a very small school, however we are now expanding and are on the verge of becoming a bigger school. Why?  We value all of our students and families and work tirelessly everyday to improve all of our students learning outcomes.

This growth mindset is why we have continued to grow. When your child attends Fern Bay Public School we enter into a relationship so that your child can reach their full potential. 

It has been an exciting journey with 27 students at the start of 2016 to 80+ locally zoned students at the beginning of 2018 and our first ever straight Kindergarten class since the school opened in 1955!

Nearly a 300% increase in enrolments over two years demonstrates our school community and enjoying all of the changes being implemented.

All of our changes are based around what is the best learning environment we can create for the students of Fern Bay PS. 

I am extremely proud to lead your school during this exciting time for public education and look forward to working closely with the Fern Bay Public School community to ensure Fern Bay Public School continues to be the centre of learning for all students in our community. 

Check out our socials via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as the school newsletter Smore &  School Stream app to stay up to date on our everyday events.

My motivation is to constantly improve our school. The School Excellence Framework is the guide to ensure Fern Bay PS is excelling in all areas by 2020. This can be found at SEFv2

I look forward to meeting and leading the journey of school excellence against the School Excellence Framework. Most importantly I want to ensure that we can work together to give your child the best chance to succeed. 

Below are some thought provoking videos of why change is needed.

You tube video:

It is an exciting time to be leading a school, I am looking forward to implementing the 2018-2020 School Plan with the Fern Bay community as well as the and will be working through this with staff, students and parents to help determine the priority areas as well the  milestones that have already been achieved.  As you would or should know, the school plan is based around three priority areas. At Fern Bay the three goals identified were  student learning, staff learning and wider community learning. The school plan is based around ensuring we meet the modern needs of all students. This is based around the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for young Australians.

As with any change of leadership inevitably comes change. My philosophy when making any major educational change is to ask how will this improve our students learning?  I am a strong advocate of the Simon Sinek model, which starts with asking why are we doing this? This will lead to how can we improve this current practice? Lastly it finishes with what does this look like?

Further information about Simon Sinek can be found at:

You tube video:

As your Principal I constantly  be ask a lot of why questions. I will be then asking how things can improve at Fern Bay PS?  This will be followed with what does this look like?  Changes-Why? How? What? page shows just some changes that I have listened so far with staff to implement change:

I am looking forward to sharing and updating changes that are being implemented as I listen to the students,teachers, parents/caregivers as well as the community at Fern Bay PS.

It takes a whole community to raise a successful child.

I am looking forward to the future, let's try and prepare our students to be ready for an ever changing  modern world.

Vimeo video:

I am also looking forward to implementing change and ensuring I keep everyone informed as to why change is necessary. 

I look forward to working with everyone on this exciting journey! I look forward to meeting you and working towards improving your child's learning. 



Kind regards,

Drew Janetzki (Principal Fern Bay PS)