New prin­ci­pal to set bar high

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Ray Den­holm is the new prin­ci­pal at Ex­mouth Dis­trict High School.

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