End of an era for school as prin­ci­pal bids her farewell

The Western Star - - Feature - DONAUGH SHIRLEY

AS we come to the close of 2019, this will be my fi­nal ar­ti­cle as Prin­ci­pal writ­ing to our com­mu­nity.

Of course, in some ways that makes me very sad but in so many ways it makes me very proud and thank­ful.

I look back over my three years here as a gift and I thank God for the op­por­tu­ni­ties I have been given in my fi­nal years of Prin­ci­pal­ship.

I am thank­ful to have been part of such a car­ing and lov­ing com­mu­nity, stu­dents who are warm and gen­uinely in­ter­ested in the well­be­ing of oth­ers.

They are com­pas­sion­ate, show re­spect, act with jus­tice and aim for ex­cel­lence.

Our Mercy val­ues are lived out daily around the school.

I am thank­ful to the staff, for our great teach­ers to the grounds­men, our school of­fi­cers and all who work here, I have been blessed to work with such a fan­tas­tic group of peo­ple.

I am thank­ful for the wider com­mu­nity and our Par­ish un­der the lead­er­ship of Fr Jamie and Sis­ter Nora, who have wel­comed and sup­ported me over the last three years. St John’s School Board along with the P&F are peo­ple who are hard­work­ing, but are gen­uinely friendly and sup­port­ive of all that is done here.

When I de­cided to stay for three years at St John’s I set my­self and the school some goals and I am very pleased to say that we have achieved th­ese and achieved them above ex­pec­ta­tion.

In 2020 we will be­gin the school year with 780 stu­dents, achiev­ing my goal of over 750. 2019 saw the school achieve out­stand­ing NAPLAN re­sults and this I feel was due to our fo­cus on read­ing, phono­log­i­cal aware­ness, work­ing hard with ped­a­gogy in the early years of sec­ondary and a view to ex­cel­lence.

2020 and into the fu­ture will bring more plan­ning, col­lab­o­ra­tion and growth and I wish you all the best so that plans and dreams can be at­tained.

Mr Jim Bren­nan will, ‘Steer the ship,’ and I know you will wel­come and sup­port him as you did with me.

Jim will be a pas­sion­ate, ex­pe­ri­enced and ap­proach­able leader and I know the school will con­tinue to flour­ish un­der his guid­ance.

I thank you all from the bot­tom of my heart for the warmth and ac­cep­tance you have shown me here at St

John’s and in the wider Roma Com­mu­nity.

May God bless you and your fam­i­lies and hold you in the palm of His hand, as the spirit of Cather­ine McAuley con­tin­ues to wel­come and care for those who come this way.

In this en­vi­ron­ment your chil­dren will not just be ed­u­cated, they will grow and flour­ish.

Pic­tures: Con­trib­uted

END OF ERA: St John's Roma Catholic School prin­ci­pal Donaugh Shirley is thank­ful for her time at the school.

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