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Benalla teacher moves on

John Brownstein will take on the role of Swan Hill College principal next term.

October 5, 2012 4:58am

John Brownstein is leaving his role as deputy principal of Benalla College and taking up the principal's role at Swan Hill College.

Benalla College assistant principal John Brownstein will start the new term as principal of Swan Hill College.

Mr Brownstein moved with his wife Linda and three children to Benalla in 1996 and taught in five different schools in the region within two years. He gained a permanent position at Benalla College teaching maths, science and biology subjects in 1999.

Mr Brownstein said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at Benalla College and appreciated the many leadership opportunities the college had offered.

‘‘I would like to thank our principal, Cathy Pianta, for her encouragement in my role as assistant principal and for her support for me to step up into a higher level of responsibility as a secondary school principal,’’ he said.

‘‘I have enjoyed working with students, parents and staff of the college and will miss the wider Benalla community.

‘‘It is sad to leave, especially in a time of exciting educational change for Benalla.’’

Mr Brownstein has seen a lot of changes at the college during his time there, including refurbishments and new buildings that have delivered some of the best facilities he has worked in across the state.

‘‘The school is working hard to embed team teaching. One particular strength of the college is the ability for students to access a variety of pathways.’’

Mr Brownstein said his new role was ‘‘certainly a challenge’’ but he was excited about this, as well as the learning he would continue to do in his Masters of School Leadership course.

‘‘Successful leaders need to be learners. I felt I needed to know more if I was to continue on a leadership pathway,’’ he said.

Mr Brownstein has been an involved community member and has served as councillor, being elected to the first Benalla Rural City council in 2003.

As far as the move to Swan Hill goes, Mr Brownstein said the town had similar demographics and population size to Benalla, but there was greater cultural diversity.

‘‘I look forward to learning about their cultures,’’ he said.

Mr Brownstein said he would also miss being so close to the High Country where he had spent many days hiking and cross-country skiing.

‘‘I envisage paddling down the Murray, finding a beach and pulling up to brew a coffee,’’ he said.

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