Principal's Log

Principal's Log

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One of the great gifts of working in education is that you get to interact with people each day and witness joy, laughter, and growth. Schools are places of constant learning and celebration. Education is energising and life giving. Every day I encounter something that makes me smile, be amazed at, and learn from. Even in working through the tough stuff there is the opportunity for growth. Often this is where the greatest growth occurs. Our people as staff, students and parents are generous in their service and interactions, goodwilled and very capable. We have much to be thankful for at Pacific. It is a privilege to share in the growth of people.

We congratulate our Cross-Country teams who represented the College well at the Independent District competitions. Both our teams came 6th overall. We thank Mrs Lisa Muir, and Heads of Sport Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Cameron Wes McInnes for their organisation and Mrs Kiernan for her leadership of the run club. We wish those students going onto represent the Independent District all the best.

In this first fortnight, we have farewelled Ms Rebecca Ross who has very capably led the Science Department since 2008. Through this time Ms Ross grew the science department to be a highly regarded department with many students developing a love of science and choosing to study science related courses beyond the college. Mrs Ceilidh King, Middle and Senior College English and Humanities teacher has also commenced maternity leave. We wish both Ms Ross and Mrs King every blessing.

We have welcomed Mrs Kylea Fern and Ms Martina Bennet as Middle and Senior College Mathematics and Science teachers, Ms Bridgett Haigh as a Middle and Senior College English and Humanities teacher, Mr Braedon Shears as an Industrial Technology and STEM aide, Mrs Jodi Nielsen as Communication and Administration Officer and Mrs Karen Costa as Year 5 teacher. We have also welcomed back Head of Sport Mr Cameron West McInnes and Head of Vet and Industrial Technology Mr Ian Learoyd from long service leave. Mrs Claire Richards brings a breadth of experience and expertise as she takes on the role of Acting Head of Science. We wish these staff every blessing as they commence new journeys within the Pacific community.

We give a prayer of thanks for all the gifts that God brings into our lives and pray that we might use them to improve the lives of other people and to care for the environment.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal