By Peter King. Principal, Byron Bay High School; Leadership Program graduate 2011.
“He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief”. Fuller 1732
If you ever doubted Chris Sarra’s courage or the strength of his conviction then you can refresh your memory by reading his autobiography “Good Morning Mr Sarra”.
As a teenager Chris was more into footy than school. He would be the first to admit that he was fortunate to have some wonderful adult mentors who encouraged him to pursue academic studies after high school.
Chris didn’t see himself as an academic. The work ethic instilled in him at a young age by his parents enabled him to work hard and succeed. He grew into his belief and confidence.
The major section of the book deals with Chris’ time as Principal of Cherbourg State School. It’s an incredibly inspiring story. The school had been placed in the “too hard” basket for a long time. Chris details the struggles and the setbacks, the tragedies as well as the triumphs. At no stage does he waver from his conviction and his vision for Cherbourg.
As Theodore Hesburgh said of leaders “You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet”.
Following Cherbourg, Chris details how “Stronger Smarter” came into existence and flourished. The national leadership program now reaches thousands of teachers and impacts on many thousands of students.
The thing that still inspires me is Chris’ commitment, his passion to make a difference, his vision for achieving positive change, and his courage to take action. He made things happen, he never accepted any limitations.
Enjoy this book about a great Australian and find in it the inspiration and courage to continue your own leadership.