New principal to set bar high
■ Exmouth District High School has a new principal, with Ray Denholm moving to the town from his last posting in the Cocos Islands.
He said it was hard to leave what he described as the idyllic paradise of the Cocos Islands, but Exmouth was the one place that could lure him away.
He has been visiting Exmouth for years, camping at Warroora and enjoying the Cape Range and Ningaloo Reef.
“Most importantly, I’m rapt that I’m coming to a fantastic school with brilliant facilities, lovely well-mannered kids and a mixture of experienced and young teachers,” he said.
Bunbury born and bred, Mr Denholm has previously taught as far north as Broome, has worked in a range of district high schools — including Ravensthorpe, Norseman, Cocos and Broome — and brings 15 years of experience in educational administration to Exmouth.
He said his job was complex, but in a way almost simple.
“In its simplest form, I’m here to do everything I can to turn Exmouth from a good school into a great school,” he said.
“My philosophy is doing OK work isn’t OK. I want the kids to aim higher and I want kids and parents to work together with teachers to set goals and achieve their very, very best.”
Recently engaged, Mr Denholm is set to enjoy life in Exmouth with a love of fishing, surfing, lawn bowls and basketball.
He said he was also a grieving West Coast Eagles supporter, after attending the AFL grand final in Melbourne during the school holidays.
Ray Denholm is the new principal at Exmouth District High School.