New look P-12 col­lege

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

The brand-new Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 Gil­more Street cam­pus is now open and in use with stu­dents start­ing their first day for the 2018 school year last week.

Col­lege Prin­ci­pal Damien Keel said the feel of the new school was fan­tas­tic and he had re­ceived noth­ing but good feed­back so far.

“We’re re­ally happy with the new build­ings es­pe­cially the brand new flex­i­ble space class­rooms that we can open up more or close them off,” Mr Keel said.

“Teachers are work­ing to­gether, team plan­ning and team teaching, so they can learn from each other as well and they are lov­ing the flex­i­ble spa­ces and the op­por­tu­nity to work to­gether.

“The stu­dents are also re­ally ex­cited with the new spa­ces and they’re big so the chil­dren are walk­ing around wide eyed and with smiles on their faces.

“Feed­back from the par­ents has been fan­tas­tic as well.”

Ad­di­tional ground­works for the school are also in the plan­ning process with staff look­ing at the next stage of de­vel­op­ment, build­ing year seven and eight build­ings on the new cam­pus and mov­ing the 9-12 cam­pus from across the road to have the en­tire school in the one area.

With the P-4 area also hav­ing a new oval and play spa­ces the 5-8 cam­pus is also look­ing at adding a new oval with a cricket club and turf pitch.

“We’re just do­ing things grad­u­ally and step­ping up,” Mr Keel said.

“Our next level is to start work on de­vel­op­ing the 9-12 build­ings.

“Moira Shire Coun­cil are also cur­rently work­ing on the front of the school and my­self, Moira Shire and lo­cal con­trac­tors are meet­ing soon about a foot­path to fur­ther en­sure com­mu­nity safety and a lot of things are hap­pen­ing very quickly.”

In an­other re­vamp to the school there has also been a slight change in the lead­er­ship team with a new face join­ing the team in a new role.

Mr Keel said the new po­si­tion of P-8 cam­pus prin­ci­pal for the 2018 school year had been filled by a very ex­pe­ri­enced and lo­cally knowl­edge­able in­di­vid­ual in Kel­lie Thorp and the school was lucky to have her.

She will be based at the 5-8 cam­pus but will work across P-4 be­fore mov­ing solely to P-4 as cam­pus prin­ci­pal next year.

“This year we will have Kelly Thorp as P-8 prin­ci­pal, Jo McCarthy as 9-12 and then I will be the col­lege prin­ci­pal,” Mr Keel said.

“From 2019 we’ll have three prin­ci­pals across each of the three cam­puses, I will still be the over­all col­lege prin­ci­pal and we will have eight as­sis­tants based be­tween P-4, 5-8 and 9-12.”

Be­fore mov­ing back to Yar­ra­wonga where Kel­lie grew up and at­tended the col­lege, she was as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Co­bram Pri­mary School be­fore mov­ing to as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal and act­ing prin­ci­pal at Mel­rose Pri­mary in Wodonga for 5 years.

Kel­lie said she al­ways had a love for the Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 and was ex­cited to see where it could go in the fu­ture.

“It was a great school then, it’s an even bet­ter one now,” she said.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my­self so far, it’s a ter­rific school and I’m ex­cited about the pro­grams and philoso­phies here.”

The new Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege P-12 lead­er­ship team at the school’s new cam­pus, P-8 Prin­ci­pal Kel­lie Thorp, Col­lege Prin­ci­pal Damien Keel and 9-12 Prin­ci­pal Jo McCarthy.

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