Principals aim to make their mark on schools
Five new principals will join schools across the Goldfields-Esperance region this year, each flagging new goals for their classrooms.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, Kambalda West District High School, Kambalda Primary School, Menzies Community School and Leonora District High will welcome the new arrivals.
It is hoped the introduction of a new leader at KBCHS will bring what is considered muchneeded change to student behaviour.
A Department of Education survey into public perceptions of secondary schooling in the Goldfields last year showed 26 per cent of respondents were concerned about antisocial behaviour, with many naming KBCHS as their main concern.
New principal Ian Masarei said his three main goals would be focusing on attendance, behaviour and encouraging positive pathways beyond Year 10.
He said the key would be forming good relationships with the students’ parents.
Mr Masarei said he wanted to achieve a 100 per cent graduation rate, and for all students at the school to move on to senior school, vocational education training or employment.
“If we’re losing them in Year 9 or Year 10 then they won’t go anywhere,” he said.
“This is a good school and it has the potential to move into a fantastic place.
“So one of my main aims is to restore the school as a school of excellence that is well regarded within the community.”
Mr Maserei’s previous position was as principal of Leonora District High School.
Janette Maxfield has replaced him at the school.
Ms Maxfield said her goal was to build a positive relationship with the school community.
“I’ve come in here to a school that has some really good programs already in place, so it’s my plan to build on what the leadership team had already started in the school,” she said.
Similar goals have been set by new Menzies Community College principal Dennis Kennedy and Kambalda Primary School head Toni Colling.
Denys Delfs is the new principal of Kambalda West District High School.