New principal is welcomed by student uproar
IT WAS not the way most previous principals of the Clarence Valley Anglican School have been commissioned into their role.
As the new school principal waited for Rev Donald Kirk to grant him his commission as the school's principal to replace Tim Grosser, he was treated to the entire school screaming at the top of their lungs.
For Alan Green, who only last year retired after 25 years as the principal of Newcastle Grammar School, it was a breath of fresh air.
"It was a really nice service," he said. "I've sat through plenty of those that go on for too long. This was really nice."
The leadup to the commissioning was the work of school chaplain Rev Nic Hagon, to demonstrate that those with the loudest voices don't always turn out to be the leaders - and probably also to let the kids blow off some steam.
Mr Green got the job in mid-December.
"It was a challenge to come to a family-sized school," he said.
"Already I have interviewed all the Year 11 and Year 12 students to see how we can help them chase their dreams.
"We will be working with them to ensure they get the best marks they can in the HSC."
He said teaching at CVAS will be almost like completing a full circle in his teaching career.
"I was born in Central Western NSW and started out in a one teacher school," Mr Green said.
"For nearly 20 years I taught at Orange before moving to Newcastle.
"Coming to live at Grafton is just like coming back to a country town."
Mr Green is living in Bent St, "halfway between the golf course and the cemetery".
"I know which way I prefer to be going, but at my age you're never sure."