Deputy Head of Junior School - Student Wellbeing
Year 6 Classroom Teacher
It is important to remain connected and to give back to the community.
If you see someone walking around the Junior School Grounds with a pad of post-it notes, you can guarantee it is Craig Goodwin. On his daily yard duties, he loves nothing that more than jotting down highlights of the 2-minute conversations he has with the students.
Craig joined Camberwell Girls in 2008 as a Junior Classroom Teacher and was appointed Deputy Head of Junior School – Student Wellbeing in 2015. Craig is determined to support, enrich and challenge each child to achieve their personal best in everything they do.
“Children have the right to be happy and enjoy their life in school, whether it be a love of learning or through building positive friendships and relationships. The Service Learning program is a pathway towards a sense of belonging and achievement,” he says.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Craig initially spent his working week in finance, however he found the strong focus on profits wasn’t for him.
A trip to Japan in his 20’s, where he taught young children sparked his interest in a career in education. He says it was their warmth, joy and humour where he was able to learn something he had never experienced in a workplace up until that point. Craig then completed a Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Education.
Outside of the classroom, Craig is an active member in the community and very passionate about service learning and social justice. In his early teenage years, he was prompted by his high school Chaplain to think beyond the world he lives in and be compassionate towards people he didn’t often mingle with. As a result, he met and spoke to many homeless men, this left an impression on him which he revisited in his late 20s.
He believes it is important to remain connected and to give back to the community – donating blood every
school holiday period is one of Craig’s many acts of service.
Outside of the classroom, Craig is an active member of the community and very passionate about service learning and social justice.
“I began to do this as my wife challenged me several years ago. I would whine about certain things happening in the community and Belinda once responded, “Well then why don’t you do something about it?” As a result, I started giving blood and I also joined The Lions Club of Croydon.”
Craig also supports various other charities such as the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, World Vision, Royal Children’s Hospital, Pinchapoo and the Australian Red Cross.
“I recently attended an event at Peter Mac due to the fundraising efforts of The Croydon Lions. It is a joy to have that camaraderie with the other group members whilst also thinking of people in our local community that we can support,” he says.
As a father to two boys, Craig says he is looking forward to getting them involved in different community events through their kindergartens and schools.
“I want them to think of others and to appreciate the stories behind the faces around us. We don’t know what people are going through, so before we judge we should make the effort to get to know them and support them.”
We love the contributions you make to help others Craig and we know you are inspiring others to do the same!