New principals in place at Lismore and Richmond River high
THERE has been a changing of the guard that has seen two new principals at Lismore high schools.
Richmond River High School principal David Harvey said he was settling in well after his first week on the job.
Having previously served as principal of several Far North Coast primary schools, Mr Harvey replaced relieving principal Mary-Jane Pell, who is at Nimbin Central School.
"The students are great and are doing their very best to learn, and the staff are wonderful, very professional and dedicated," he said.
Nigel Brito is already effecting change at Lismore High School after just nine weeks, with a 5.5% increase in student attendance compared to the same period last year.
Both men were school development officers and liaised with principals to deliver positive learning outcomes for students before their current roles.
Mr Brito said a new collaborative approach between Lismore, Richmond River and Kadina high schools and Nimbin Central School was improving schooling for children of all ages through sharing of information, curriculums and resources.
"If we don't have enough numbers to run a course, we can jointly deliver a course across the campuses," Mr Brito said.
Mr Harvey said education in the region was in a transformation phase, which teachers were taking in their stride.
"Teachers are taking on so much change at the moment and they are still doing it with a smile on their face," Mr Harvey said.
Having good relationships with local police, health services and government departments made any issues confronting the schools easy to deal with.
Cannabis was the most common drug they had issues with, but drugs weren't a major issue.
"I think it's more the availability of drugs in the community that is the problem," Mr Brito said.