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