Principal ready for challenge

BALLINA High School’s incoming principal, Phil Steer (pictured), has been familiarising himself with his new surroundings over the Christmas break.

Mr Steer, who is married with family ranging in ages from 35 to 11, began as an English History teacher at Narrabri in 1986. He said that he had taught English and fulfilled roles as deputy principal and principal, but ‘I wasn’t always a teacher’.

“My pre-teaching career covered stock and station, real estate and working for an airline,” he said.

“A particular focus of mine is the effectiveness of the learning skills of both teachers and students. “Ballina High has a wonderful and proud history. I’ve seen the data on HSC and School Certificate results, student retention and the like. My brief observations tell me that Ballina offers a broad spectrum of opportunities, particularly in the field of Marine Studies.

“That’s very positive for the students, as are the strong links with Southern Cross University. “Look, I believe that I have huge shoes to fill after the dedication shown by former principal, Ros Mayberry. With the assistance and support of the staff, I’ll do my best to fulfil my responsibilities here.”



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