Founding Principal of Green Bay High School dies
Green Bay High School's founding Principal, Des Mann, has died peacefully after a stroke on 20 August, 2018, aged 93 years. There will be a remembrance on Saturday 15th September, 1.00pm in the Green Bay High School staff room. All former and founding students, friends and former colleagues are welcome to share with the school in celebrating his life.
Des will be fondly remembered by former students and peers. His passion to make Green Bay High School a place where students were empowered to become lifelong learners, and to seek excellence as a whole person in every aspect of their lives - whether that be academically, socially or spiritually will not be forgotten.
Founding a new school, in 1973 gave Des an opportunity to do things differently. He questioned rigid practices long accepted as part of the regime of secondary education and whether they really served the students best interests. Des was a forward thinker, not only was Green Bay High School one of the very few secondary schools without a uniform, he also banned the use of corporal punishment.
During his twelve years at Green Bay High School, Des Mann’s focus was on developing the whole child rather than just an assessment of their academic achievements. Upon his retirement from Green Bay High School in 1984, Des wrote a piece for the School Yearbook aptly named 'End of An Era' where he refers to education as uncovering the 'centre' of each student - that unique combination of talents and potential which define the uniqueness of every person; towards capturing the magic and joy of what it means to be human and whole. "It is exciting, expanding and liberating...this is what education is about."
By Claire Manukia