POPULAR PRINCIPAL BIDS FAREWELL
AS HE packed his belongings and looked around his office, Brett Kavanagh was filled with mixed emotions as he walked away from Isis State High School for the final time.
Last Thursday was Mr Kavanagh's final day as principal of the school he joined in late 2013 as a temporary replacement for principal Alan Cook.
With Mr Cook returning to the role after Easter, Mr Kavanagh told the Isis Town and Country he was grateful to the community for its support during his tenure.
“The community has been exceptionally supportive to me,” he said.
“Living in Childers myself has certainly made a difference in getting to know the locals.
“That’s what’s sad – leaving behind those connections.”
In the 20 months or so since Mr Kavanagh arrived in Childers, he said the focus had been on improving the school and the learning environment in particular.
“When the students walk into a classroom, they’re fresh and fully resourced,” he said. “The energy we have put into improving the quality of the teaching has been significant.”
Mr Kavanagh said the highlight of his stay was being a part of the introduction of Year 7 students to the school this year and watching them blossom throughout the year.
“That transition has gone really well,” he said.
“It was a very nervous day for kids, parents and teachers, and we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.”
Mr Kavanagh said he would remain within Education Queensland and would undertake a research project at the regional office in North Lakes.
“I’ll be looking at the Queensland Certificate of Education outcomes for early school leavers,” he said.
Mr Kavanagh said he would always treasure his time at the school.
“A school building is just a building but the students, staff and community make Isis State High School the great school that it is,” he said.
FAREWELL: Isis High principal Brett Kavanagh.