POPULAR PRIN­CI­PAL BIDS FAREWELL

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

FAREWELL: Isis High prin­ci­pal Brett Ka­vanagh.

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