Prin­ci­pal sets the tone right

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Madeleine Stephens

AF­TER 29 years in the school­yard, Kent Street Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Kather­ine Ward has been nom­i­nated by her school for WA Se­condary School Prin­ci­pal of the Year.

She said she was recog­nised as a fi­nal­ist in the WA Ed­u­ca­tion Awards be­cause of the way she em­braced the Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Stan­dards Frame­work and how this was trans­lated into ac­tion.

“The num­ber of Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents at Kent Street has grown ex­po­nen­tially since I’ve been here,” she said. “I think we had 50 or 54 Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents here in 2012 and we are hit­ting the 100 mark now.

“I’ve put that down to the lo­cal com­mu­nity vot­ing with their feet, ac­tu­ally see­ing that Kent Street is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

She said her col­leagues also nom­i­nated her for her mantras, her favourite be­ing “set the tone”.

“It is my job to lead how we should be, and be­ing an out­go­ing, happy be­ing is ac­tu­ally re­ally im­por­tant to the tone of the school,” Mrs Ward said.

She said she al­ready felt like a win­ner.

“I feel like a win­ner be­cause my peo­ple care enough to want to give me this ac­co­lade.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

d486044 Kent Street Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Kather­ine Ward.

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