Gail Hardman to take over in the absence of Tim McCartin.CHALPAT SONTI July 23, 2014 3:37am
Seymour College acting principal Gail Hardman with Tom Goodman, 10, Luke Allison, 7, Sam Durham, 13, Joshua Vearing, 6, Chanel Comfort, 9, and Emily Kemp, 10.
Seymour College has a new acting principal.
Gail Hardman has stepped up to the role in the absence of Tim McCartin, who is on indefinite sick leave.
While a date has not been set for Mr McCartin’s return, Mrs Hardman is pleased to take on a new role.
‘‘I’m excited by the challenge,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a happy and safe environment that we foster here and my main focus is to ensure that continues and our students have the best education offered to them that we can provide. I’m very passionate about the school and the community.’’
A ‘‘strong and experienced’’ staff was a strong point of the school and she said she would make full use of that experience.
Mrs Hardman, wife of former State Member for Seymour Ben (also a teacher), started teaching in 1992 at Puckapunyal Primary School before a 10-year stint at the old Seymour East Primary School under Steve Pink.
She has also taught at Tallarook and the old Grant St Primary.
‘‘I’ve been at most of the smaller schools around here,’’ she said.
Mrs Hardman has more recently been — after returning to teaching in 2011 — an assistant principal at Seymour College specialising in the curriculum, and she saw this as a strength for her new role.
‘‘That’s allowed me to know all the staff and students and parents from Foundation (Prep) to Year 12,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m not locked into an area so hopefully that will stand me in good stead. I’m also active on the school council and had some experience on the admin side.’’
But despite all that, the job would be a ‘‘big learning curve’’.
‘‘It’s a complex setting where you’re dealing with children from years 6-18 and special education, the Trades Training Centre is located here and you’re dealing with other secondary colleges as well (Whittlesea, Broadford, Assumption and Yea) and the curriculum is very broad.
‘‘We also work with children from birth to pre-school and their parents with various programs and the relationships are very wide.
‘‘Combining ourselves as a college will take time, change can be very confronting for many people and part of my role is to make sure change can be supported.’’
Mrs Hardman will do the rounds of other principals as well as service clubs, who have been great supporters of the school.
‘‘The community does support the school,’’ she said.
‘‘As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.’’
Disability organisation ConnectGV is having its fourth annual gala dinner fundraiser on March 13.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
Despite the cash-strapped Federal Government tightening its belt, Tongala Age Care has bucked the trend and secured $1 million for a significant expansion of its facility.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Ellen ‘Nell’ Farrell has exactly 100 reasons to celebrate, as today marks her 100th birthday.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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.