Principal settles straight in to a place that feels like home

THERE will be a new face starting at St Mary's Primary School next year and I don't just mean the students.

Principal John O'Brien will be taking up the mantle, leading the school into 2015 and he's very excited about it.

"I grew up in Brisbane and have now spent seven years on the NSW North Coast," he said.

"It felt like home straight away."

Mr O'Brien said he was a big fan of Father Peter Slack. He knew the school had great staff and he loved country kids.

"I was assistant principal in Brisbane for five years," he said.

"Then when we moved here I was assistant principal of St Carthage's in Lismore and principal of St Joseph's in Coraki."

Mr O'Brien said he wanted to ensure St Mary's was a part of the community.

"I also want the community to be part of us and get parents involved," he said. "I'd like to see a balance with sport, culture and learning, getting kids to find their niche."

While the role doesn't officially start until 2015, Mr O'Brien has been a regular visitor to the school.

"There is a lot of work to do before the new year," he said.



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