Mission accomplished for college principal
THIS afternoon McAuley Catholic College principal Leon Walsh will drive out the front gates of his school for the last time.
A prized possession he will take with him is a parting gift from the school students: a hat covered in artificial grass.
“Over the years I have always been onto the kids about wearing hats,” Mr Walsh said.
“And they have also noticed I have been pretty keen on putting in artificial grass.
“I think they recognised I had a sense of humour.”
Seven years after accepting a promotion from deputy principal at Coffs Harbour’s John Paul College, the McAuley principal will retire from teaching with a feeling of mission accomplished.
Mr Walsh’s seven years at the helm of MCC is the culmination of 29 years of teaching in Tasmania in both Catholic and government schools.
Sixteen years ago he came to the mainland to take up a position at John Paul College.
Mr Walsh said his tenure at MCC was characterised by a renewed focus on learning and teaching.
“It was done at a diocesan level very successfully, but it was really part of a world wide movement,” he said.
“One of the things you learn is that a school is not just buildings, but a campus of people.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The staff are highly professional and competent and work collaboratively.”
Mr Walsh said perversely the school had done well out of the Global Financial Crisis.
“We benefited greatly from the BER,” he said.
Taking over from Mr Walsh in 2016 will be Mark O’Farrell, who will come here from Waverley College in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.