Prin­ci­pal is mak­ing the grade

New school gets new leader

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the op­por­tu­nity came to move up here and it’s all hap­pened from there. — Greg Mey­ers

OVER the 30 years Greg Mey­ers has been a prin­ci­pal, he said noth­ing was more re­ward­ing then know­ing he has made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of his stu­dents.

Cur­rently the prin­ci­pal of Unity College, Mr Mey­ers has been cho­sen as the leader for the Coast’s new­est Catholic school in Bli Bli.

He said build­ing a school from the ground up has al­ways been a dream of his and al­lowed him to con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence.

“To start from what is now a bare pad­dock to what will be 1500 kids in 10 years’ time is some­thing that is re­ally ex­cit­ing for me and the whole com­mu­nity as well,” he said.

“I think there is some­thing spe­cial about start­ing a new school.”

The Good Sa­mar­i­tan Catholic College in Bli Bli will open at the start of 2019, but Mr Mey­ers will be­gin his role this April.

He said he has come along way from his be­gin­nings as prin­ci­pal in small western Queens­land school.

“My first principals job was at St Mary’s in Charlevill­e in 1989,” he said.

“I was a Bris­bane boy born and bred so it was a bit of a shock. It was a fantastic

place to start though.”

He moved around from prin­ci­pal jobs in Goondi­windi, Mary­bor­ough, the Gold Coast and Bris­bane be­fore landing the job at the Coast.

“I spent 23 years as pri­mary school prin­ci­pal and then I moved to the P-12,” he said.

“Then the op­por­tu­nity came to move up here and it’s all hap­pened from there.

“The Sun­shine Coast is fantastic. It’s a great place to live and I’ve al­ways come here for hol­i­days. Now to live up here is a dream come true.”

Mr Mey­ers said he took great pride in his job and it was al­ways re­ward­ing to see his stu­dents striv­ing.

“Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of kids is fantastic,” he said.

“See­ing how young peo­ple achieve is a real high­light for me.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTE­D

MAK­ING THE GRADE: Greg Mey­ers will be tak­ing on the role as the leader of the Coast’s new­est Catholic school.

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