End of an era for school as principal bids her farewell
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.
END OF ERA: St John's Roma Catholic School principal Donaugh Shirley is thankful for her time at the school.