Ru­ral school prin­ci­pals: PD and get­ting the 3Rs cor­rect

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - KATHRYN HARD­WICK-FRANCO

Remember how your school prin­ci­pal knew your name, the names of your sib­lings, par­ents and grand­par­ents? No? Per­haps that's be­cause you went to a city school. Prin­ci­pals of ru­ral schools are in­te­gral parts of their com­mu­ni­ties. They work twenty-four hours a day in the “fish bowl” en­vi­ron­ment of a coun­try town. And with all the com­plex­i­ties of the job, why would any­one be an iso­lated prin­ci­pal in the coun­try? Ru­ral school prin­ci­pals do an amaz­ing job and are gen­er­ally highly re­spected by com­mu­nity mem­bers; but who sup­ports them?

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