Principal’s Berrigan welcome
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.