Cook in top job

Katan­ning Se­nior High School has named its new prin­ci­pal, Carolyn Cook.

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

Carolyn Cook has been an­nounced as the new prin­ci­pal of Katan­ning Se­nior High School.

Ms Cook was the 2009 WA prin­ci­pal of the year and has a rep­u­ta­tion for turn­ing schools’ fortunes around.

She is ex­pected to take on the role at the start of Term 2 on April 30. Ms Cook said she was ex­cited to take up the po­si­tion and looked for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity to make KSHS a school of choice in the re­gion.

“I was keen to ap­ply for this job as I feel I can make a dif­fer­ence at this school,” Ms Cook said.

“I want to lis­ten to peo­ple and cre­ate a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents to thrive, and I’m keen to fur­ther de­velop the con­nec­tion be­tween the com­mu­nity and school. A clear fo­cus will be to strengthen the se­nior se­condary op­tions for stu­dents in both aca­demic cour­ses and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

“My ap­proach to stu­dent be­hav­iour will be firm but fair and I will have high ex­pec­ta­tions for all stu­dents.”

Ms Cook has ex­pe­ri­ence at Nar­ro­gin Se­nior High School and held a short-term po­si­tion as act­ing prin­ci­pal at KSHS last year.

De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Wheatbelt re­gional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ali­son Ramm said Ms Cook had a strong track record as a se­condary school prin­ci­pal and she was de­lighted she had cho­sen to ap­ply for the po­si­tion.

“I know that the Katan­ning com­mu­nity wants high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for lo­cal chil­dren and young peo­ple,” Ms Ramm said.

“Fol­low­ing an in­quiry into the school by the de­part­ment’s ex­pert re­view group in 2015, staff worked hard to put in place strate­gies and pro­grams to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents. Now with strong, per­ma­nent lead­er­ship at Katan­ning Se­nior High School, I’m con­fi­dent . . . we can put the town back on the map as a com­mu­nity with a strong se­condary school.”

Hed­land Se­nior High School Prin­ci­pal Carolyn Cook is en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers to nom­i­nate for the new school board.

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