Prin­ci­pals aim to make their mark on schools

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Tyne Lo­gan

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.

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