Gram­mar’s new head ap­pointed

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

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

New Townsville Gram­mar School prin­ci­pal Ti­mothy Kelly.

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