Head of College, Abbey Barrett (left) with one of our Skillset Senior College students.

A message from the Head of College:

Our Skillset Senior College community is an inclusive, thriving hub of creativity and ingenuity. A place where individuality and diversity are celebrated, yet a deep sense of belonging and purpose infuse the schooling experience. Love and compassion are at the heart of all we do, and who we are, both individually and collectively.

Skillset Senior College’s educational and wellbeing perspective is founded in counselling theory and wellbeing principles. Our student centred, strengths based, solution focused outlook underpins how we approach the variety of hurdles that come our way in an average school day. The structure, processes and procedures are influenced by the military and policing experience of our Deputy, Mark Whitfeld. It is this dual perspective of wellbeing, balanced with a structured framework, and the commitment and determination of an inspirational team and thriving school ecosystem, that has led to the outstanding student outcomes, and the creation of a new way of learning. Hence our motto, “school… but not as you know it!”

Our strong foundations provide stability, reliability and the ability to remain agile and responsive to individual needs, while also looking after the school as a whole. The environment, engaging teaching and intentional harmony created by a team working together shoulder to shoulder, are the catalyst to a whole-hearted learning experience. Staff and student wellbeing are at the core of our approach, and we aim to enhance the lives of all those that come in contact with our school. A growth mindset and intentional practice enhance the overall goal of working together to reach our vision of creating the “best future imaginable”.

The Skillset Senior College staff and influential school culture, live and breathe our school values of Kindness, Courage and Consideration. Authentic relationships, with strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills at their core, are encouraged and practiced. The relationship focus reflects our point of difference to a traditional educational institution.

We hope your experience of Skillset Senior College is a positive one. Our small but mighty school is a place where you will be supported to work hard, to build strong relationships and to live your “best future imaginable”. Allow yourself to dream big and pursue your goals!

With warmest wishes from the SSC Senior Leadership,

Head of College

Abbey Barrett – Abbey has over twenty years’ experience in counselling, psychology, welfare and education, beginning her career in Adolescent and Family Counselling in 2000, and commencing in leadership at Skillset Senior College in 2016. Her counselling framework and approach to life is strengths based, solution focused and person centred, working towards the vision of creating the best future imaginable. Abbey has a passion for holistic education, team development and the integration of wellbeing perspectives. She feels it a great privilege to work alongside the brilliant team at Skillset Senior College.

Deputy Head of College

Mark Whitfeld – Mark is an engaging and experienced educator with a wealth of experience in teaching, mentoring and education management. Coming to Skillset Senior College in 2017, Mark’s adventures in agriculture and policing, along with his concurrent service in a leadership role with the Australian Defense Force have positioned him as a strategic thinker with a strong command of business and operational management. Mark has a tremendous capacity to connect with young people and empower them to take responsibility for their learning, and he enjoys developing systems and processes to enhance the running of the College.

Bathurst Campus Coordinator

Meg Hitchick (B.Sc., Grad.DipEd, B.Mid)

Meg is a teacher who has worked in the independent education sector since 2004, with interests in Science, Humanities and Special Education. She joined the Skillset Senior College team in 2017, and is committed to innovating evidence-based, well-being focused approaches to education. Meg is also a practicing Registered Midwife, partner to David and mother of three boys.

Dubbo Campus Coordinator

Libby Wilson (B.Soc.Sci(Welfare); DipCommunity Services)

Libby is a passionate advocate for young people, with 20 years of experience in the human services field across Central West NSW. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Dubbo Campus of Skillset Senior College in 2019. Libby has special interests in community development and research, and believes strongly in the transformational impact of education on young people and the community. With a background in vocational education and training, her expertise is in building skills for further education and employment.