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HAR­VEY Pri­mary School wel­comes its new head this week, with prin­ci­pal Ja­son Romeo look­ing for­ward to join­ing the school com­mu­nity.

Mr Romeo comes to Har­vey from Ama­roo Pri­mary School in Col­lie, with 18 years in pub­lic schools and 11 years as a prin­ci­pal at a num­ber of schools.

No stranger to the area, Mr Romeo lives with his fam­ily in Aus­tralind and served as prin­ci­pal at Brunswick Pri­mary School un­til 2013. “I know the area well,” he said. Mr Romeo said it was the com­mu­nity at­mos­phere of the school that drew him to ap­ply for the post at Har­vey Pri­mary School.

“I thought it would be a school to suit my lead­er­ship style and what the school needed as well,” he said.

“What re­ally drove me to it was the un­der­stand­ing of the com­mu­nity, there’s a strong sense of com­mu­nity you feel around the school.”

“They’re proud of their school and I want to keep that.”

Pas­toral care was an as­pect of ed­u­ca­tion which Mr Romeo said was very im­por­tant to him.

“Def­i­nitely my strong area is pas­toral care and that re­la­tion­ship, so my first thing for me is the re­la­tion­ships that I build with staff and stu­dents and the par­ents in the school com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Romeo said he was still fa­mil­iaris­ing him­self with the school but was look­ing for­ward to iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas to grow.

“They’ve had lots of suc­cesses with cur­ricu­lum, such as with early child­hood and just fo­cussing on that and think­ing, what’s the next step, where can we go to keep that suc­cess up,” he said.

Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Romeo joins Har­vey Pri­mary School this week and is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the school com­mu­nity.

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