Profile: MET Head of Primary Wade McKechnie

 

Profile: MET Head of Primary Wade McKechnie

 


OneSchool Global would like to welcome Wade McKechnie as the new head of MET’s primary school based in Meadowbank.  

Wade comes with a great deal of experience in the primary school sector. For the past six years he has been the Curriculum Team Leader and Knox Grammar Prep School in Wahroonga, as well as a teacher and coordinator at St Anthony’s school in Marsfield.

Wade has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biological Sciences, which is why he started his career at the Plant Breeding Institute at Sydney University where he helped develop disease-resistant wheat varieties.

Wade is passionate about primary schooling and in particular about upskilling primary teachers. “I want them to utilise their strengths, passions and abilities in order to create more motivating, engaging and stimulating programs,” says Wade, “and ultimately, enhance student achievement and learning outcomes. Professional learning should be utilised to continually upskill our quality teachers, which in turn enables the achievement of student outcomes to the highest possible standard for each individual. ” 

Wade’s move to MET wasn’t something he took lightly, and he is looking forward to getting to know the teachers, students and parents . “I have been in communication with MET Management for the past two- and-a-half years regarding potential move to MET,” he says. “I finally made the move this year. I’m interested in the complex nature of 12 campuses across rural NSW ranging from primary schools of multi-staging classes to single year groups and the use of VC and online platforms.”

As well as teaching, Wade is currently undertaking a Master in Education – Leadership and Management, and also currently does some work with AIS and ISTAA looking at the Experienced Teacher Accreditation for teachers. This process focuses on assessing teachers’ competencies across all facets of teaching and learning.

 

And his teaching philosophy?  “I believe in connecting students’ learning to something that they know or value,” he says. “I need to know my students. I need to know their interests, learning styles, and backgrounds. When I possess this knowledge, my teaching is better informed and more effective. By connecting students’ learning to something they know, student engagement and motivation will be positively affected. Research shows, particularly for primary students, that students work and enjoy subjects where they enjoy the teacher’s classroom presence and feel as if the teacher connects with them personally. Student connectedness is one of the most critical components of an effective teacher.”

He also plans to be a hands-on teacher when opportunities arise, as well as support his staff in their development. “I aim to be in close contact with all primary staff and visit all campuses to work closely with teachers and students, even teaching classes to relieve teachers,” he says. “I want to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their teaching practice and program development through various PD opportunities, across campus collaboration with the target of ultimately enhancing student outcomes.”