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.’’
Queensland music student Alex Raineri produced a stunning performance at Shepparton's Eastbank Centre to place first in the Australian National Piano Award.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons will have to regroup after being dismantled by the Tigers in the OMFNL second semi-final.
Transition Tatura held a successful film festival, Communities Shaping the Future: a Day of Conversations and Films on Saturday, August 30.
Dan Sultan, Sarah Blasko, Tex Perkins and the Whitlams have signed on for the 2015 Riverboats Music Festival.
Eamonn Tiernan has joined the Campaspe News team.
Hawthorn star visits Kyabram
Seymour Garden Club members remember the organisation's founder.
On Saturday, for the first time in Jerilderie Football Club's history, the Dees won three consecutive senior premierships.
Tellurian Wines’ Daniel Hopkins was thrilled to receive the top prize in the inaugural VIC100 wine awards at Federation Square in Melbourne.
The number of koalas sustaining injuries is on the rise with breeding season now in full swing, as September marks the the beginning of Save The Koala Month.
The annual Deni High School Ballroom Blitz was held on Tuesday night.
The often quoted maxim of Australia becoming the ‘food bowl for Asia’ has been dealt another blow with the finding of the ABC’s ‘fact checking’ program.
William 'Bill' Cleeland was inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame last week in recognition of his lifetime of service to the transport industry.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.