Campaspe Shire councillor Leigh Wilson did his homework but still learnt a lot after taking on the role of principal for a day at Rochester Secondary College last week.By Elaine Cooney
Campaspe Shire councillor Leigh Wilson was principal for a day at Rochester Secondary College last Wednesday.
He shadowed principal Bernie Altmann for the day as Mr Altmann carried out his duties.
Cr Wilson said the point of the day was to develop a better understanding of how the school operated and what Campaspe Shire Council could contribute.
Cr Wilson said as well as learning the role of the principal and teachers, he realised the importance of the administration staff in the smooth running of the school.
Mr Altmann said he also learned a lot about the role of councillors and was surprised that a 400-page agenda item list had to be read before going to council meetings.
Cr Wilson said the day showed him how much of a friendly community atmosphere Rochester had.
‘‘There are teachers here that were there when I was at school and stop me on the street from time to time to ask how I’m getting on,’’ he said.
‘‘It shows a level of maturity in the culture that someday students will meet their old teachers and have a friendly conversation with them.’’
Cr Wilson visited the school’s breakfast club and addressed the assembly.
He also took part in a year 12 English class and taught a commerce class.
As the former chair of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Cr Wilson was able to tell the students about the local economy and running his own business in Rochester.
‘‘The kids asked questions and showed a lot of interest,’’ he said.
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