Prin­ci­pal’s Berri­gan wel­come

Southern Riverina news - - BULLETIN BOARD -

Berri­gan Pub­lic School’s new co­prin­ci­pal Dot Dore was of­fi­cially wel­comed to the school last week.

She is also prin­ci­pal at Urana Pub­lic School, which she will con­tinue to lead while job shar­ing the role at Berri­gan with prin­ci­pal Gayle An­driske.

Mrs Dore will be based at Berri­gan five days ev­ery fort­night — two days one week and three days the next — while Mrs An­driske is away from the school, and said she’s look­ing for­ward to the ‘‘ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’’.

As well as lead­ing the school as co­prin­ci­pal, Mrs Dore will teach Year 5 maths and Year 1 writ­ing.

‘‘Urana is a very small school with just 10 stu­dents, and Berri­gan has more staff and more stu­dents,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a won­der­ful first week; all the staff and stu­dents were very wel­com­ing.

‘‘I can bring dif­fer­ent things to Berri­gan and take back what I’ve learnt to Urana.

‘‘My time here will al­low me to prac­tice my prin­ci­pal skills.

‘‘I con­sider my­self a very vis­i­ble prin­ci­pal, so this will pro­vide me a chance to be in­ter­ac­tive with the stu­dents.’’

Mrs An­driske said while hav­ing co­prin­ci­pals is new for Berri­gan Pub­lic, Mrs Dore’s pres­ence at the school will not be too for­eign for the stu­dents.

‘‘Both Mrs Dore and I are ex­tremely ex­cited about our ven­ture and we have the full sup­port of our di­rec­tor, Troy Mott and all of the school staff,’’ Mrs An­driske.

‘‘Mrs Dore is not un­known to our stu­dents, staff and some of our com­mu­nity be­cause of her lead­er­ship and in­volve­ment in the ‘Berri­gan in con­junc­tion with Jer­ilderie, Oak­lands, Urana’ learn­ing com­mu­nity.’’

The co-prin­ci­pal sys­tem at Berri­gan will be repli­cated at Urana dur­ing the first half of the year, with Zil­lah Glee­son as act­ing prin­ci­pal dur­ing Mrs Dore’s ab­sence.

Mrs Dore said it pro­vides a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for Ms Glee­son to develop her lead­er­ship skills at the Urana school.

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