The son of a former assistant principal has joined Kyabram P-12 College as its new Year 10 to 12 village principal.NEIL SANDERS February 5, 2014 4:36am
Former assistant principal Mick Walsh wishes his son Danny Walsh good luck on his first day as Kyabram P-12 College's new Year 10-12 Village principal.
Kyabram P-12 College welcomed its new Year 10 to 12 village principal Danny Walsh last week.
Mr Walsh is the son of former Kyabram Secondary College assistant principal Mick Walsh and is no stranger to Kyabram or the college, although it looks somewhat different to the days when he attended as a student.
‘‘I’ve got great memories of going to school here in Kyabram, I loved it and found it to be a good and very inclusive place,’’ he said.
‘‘I started as a Grade 3 student at Haslem St Primary School and completed Year 12 here in 1994.
‘‘I found it easy to get along with everyone and I’ve still got about a dozen friends from school that I’m close to.’’
Mr Walsh recently moved back to Kyabram after working at St Andrew’s Catholic College in Cairns, Queensland.
‘‘I only left Kyabram in 2003 and it feels really good to be back and part of the community again,’’ he said.
He had other offers in the area, but chose to join Kyabram P-12 College.
‘‘I was planning to move back here and had a two-year plan. Then I saw the village principal position advertised and was fortunate, and a bit surprised, to get the job,’’ he said.
‘‘I like the direction the college is aiming and just want to try to add to it.
‘‘It’s a big step up for me.
‘‘In Cairns, I was in charge of a single year level. It was a bigger school, but here I’ll be responsible for Years 10 to 12.’’
Mr Walsh shares some of the same teaching philosophies as his father, who taught at the school for 23 years.
‘‘I’ve definitely taken on some things from dad’s teaching style ,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got similar ideas on the individual care we want to provide to students and their families. We both like to be caring and available and get the best out of everyone.’’
Mick Walsh visited the college on Thursday morning to wish his son well in his new job.
Mr Walsh (Snr) moved to the town in 1985 to take up a teaching position and a coaching role with Kyabram Football Club.
‘‘In those days, a lot of Melbourne-based footballers tended to move to the country to coach footy when they finished playing,’’ he said.
‘‘I intended to be here for a couple of years but in the end stayed for about 23.’’
He started as a teacher before moving up to be a head of year, subject co-ordinator and then assistant principal.
He has since developed a wellbeing and leadership program that is used at about 1500 schools across Australia and travels around speaking at different schools each day.
‘‘The program is about social thinking, confidence, and ethical and cultural understanding,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re travelling all the time and live in a caravan, but Kyabram is still the best town we’ve been to.
‘‘My mother still lives in Kyabram, so we visit a fair bit and having Danny here now as well is great.
‘‘Our three sons all went to school here and it prepared them well for a great life.’’
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