Catching up with Mr Healey, two years on as Principal

Term Three marked two years since Principal Mr CJ Healey joined Long Bay College in his leadership role. During that time, Mr Healey has gone through an ERO review with excellent results (and received an extended five year review period), developed the school’s new strategic plan and has instigated a number of changes with its implementation. A focus has been on enhancing the College’s culture of care with increased resourcing in the student support team, the establishment of Atawhai sessions, school values and branding, reviewing and redesigning our curriculum, as well as managing large improvements to the school’s physical environment. It’s been a busy time! While Mr Healey has made a significant effort in getting to know our students,  the school and our community, there’s a lot we don’t know about him. So, we asked him a few questions …

We heard a rumour you have a new dog, do you have any other pets? 

Mr Healey: “No pets other than our seven month old Catahoula Leopard Dog cross. She’s a rescue dog and just currently finding her place in our family pecking order. It’s currently one better than my rank of last!”

You impressed the student crowd with a spontaneous lunchtime Karaoke session last year. On a scale of 1- 10, how good are you at singing, really?

Mr Healey: “I have nightmares about that. I was ambushed into singing a Taylor Swift song I’d never heard before in front of hundreds of people … 0/10. I’d say in general, I am a solid five. There’s some promise but I’m probably not going to give up my day job.”

You’re not a fan of sugary foods but what’s something you could eat for a week, straight?

Mr Healey: “Easy. Curry. The hotter the better. I could eat it morning, noon and night!”

You were once a Health and Physical Education teacher, footballer and cricketer. Does your favourite movie of all time have anything to do with sport?

Mr Healey: “Sport has been a massive part of my life but in terms of movies, no. My favourite would have to be ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.”

In your role, you meet a lot of teenagers. Describe yourself as a teenager in three words.

Mr Healey: “Dedicated. Cheeky. Loyal.”

Two years have flown by. What’s the best thing about Long Bay College?

Mr Healey: “The people, without a doubt. We have an amazing staff who go above and beyond for their students and many students who mirror that level of effort and involvement.”

You’ve been heard to say that being a Principal is your dream job, but if you could be anything else, what would you be?

Mr Healey: “I was always going to be a Football Coach (the real kind 😉). When I moved to New Zealand that wasn’t going to put bread on the table. I have still managed to incorporate it in many aspects of my teaching roles. Perhaps my dream job would be 1st Team Coach at Manchester City FC.”

Everyone dreams of having a superpower, what would yours be if you could wake up tomorrow with one?

Mr Healey: “It would be to make people happy; to make them smile. I’d love to be able to take away the pain that so many people on earth experience.”

What makes you laugh the most?

Mr Healey: “My friends and my family; most of whom are a little crazy. I love it when people are comfortable; when they are confident enough to let down their guard and be themselves. Oh, and people falling over – as long as they don’t get hurt; who doesn’t love that?”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? …

Mr Healey: “Another easy one: “Be there. Be on time. Get on with people”.  James Healey, my Grandfather.”

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