Ballina welcomes new principal

FORMER Bangalow and Wardell public schools principal Peter Flannery has taken over as the head of Ballina Public School.

Mr Flannery has been a teacher for 25 years and says he has continually been amazed at the bond a teacher can have with his students.

“A relationship built on care, trust, respect and fairness is extremely powerful” Mr Flannery said.

”As well as teaching children to read, write, throw and catch, today’s teacher is providing students with the knowledge and skills that help them become lifelong learners and complete citizens.”

Mr Flannery began his career in Wee Waa before becoming the teacher in charge at Clare, a one teacher school in the state’s far west.

“The school was on a sheep station, so as well as teaching its eight students, I also became the apprentice jackeroo!”

He then moved to the Central Coast before transferring to the North Coast in 2004. In recent years he has been Principal at Wardell and Bangalow Public Schools.

“’I am really looking forward to my time as Principal of Ballina Public School,” he said.

“I have already found that the educational programs at the school are first class, being presented by teachers who are vastly experienced and thoroughly professional.

“While the role of the Principal is becoming more managerial, I like nothing more than to be in the classroom working with the kids”.

Mr Flannery takes over as principal as the school moves into its new federally-funded multi-purpose hall and prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary this month.

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