Grammar’s new head appointed
THE international search for Townsville Grammar School’s new principal has ended.
Timothy Kelly, deputy headmaster of Toowoomba Grammar School, will replace Richard Fairley when he retires at the end of the year.
Mr Kelly’s appointment follows an international search by the school’s Board of Trustees and recruiter Odgers Berndtson Executive Search.
Board of Trustees chairman Judge Stuart Durward said the board was delighted with the appointment of such an outstanding person to serve as the 12th principal of the school.
“Mr Kelly is highly experienced, not only as an educator but as an administrator too,” he said.
Mr Kelly could reached yesterday.
In his application for the role, Mr Kelly expressed his view that a school should be a place where each individual was known and understood, where strong values were reflected in positive, supportive not be relationships and where excellence as well as effort were duly celebrated.
Mr Kelly said one of his most important achievements was the encouragement of a stimulating, balanced and inclusive educational environment in which students felt comfortable to take appropriate risks to challenge their in- tellectual, physical personal growth.
Prior to commencing at Toowoomba in 2007, Mr Kelly spent nine years at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane as a teacher of economics and accounting and then as Head of the Accounting Department and the Faculty of Business.
Mr Fairley has been principal at Townsville Grammar School since 1998 and said it had been an amazing journey.
“I love the school and I love my job,” he said.
“I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve been able to be a part of here for the last 20 years.”
Judge Durward said Mr Fairley’s emphasis on the importance of academic rigour and performance started in his first year.
“He has been instrumental in taking Townsville Grammar School to the high academic, cultural and sporting environment our students now enjoy and in which they thrive,” he said. “We are sorry to see Mr Fairley go as he has been outstanding.” and