Mulwala Public School Principal Kylie Becker has announced she will leave her position at the end of term one to become principal of Corowa Public School.RACHEAL WILLETT April 1, 2014 5:02pm
The much-loved principal has spent the past two years investing her enthusiasm and never-say-no attitude into the Mulwala school students, families and community and said the move came with mixed emotions.
“This is an important opportunity for me but I will leave with some sadness because Mulwala has been incredible,” Kylie said.
“I will still be involved at the school as a mum, at P&C meetings and helping out whenever and wherever I can - even though I will be working in Corowa, Mulwala is home.”
Kylie, husband Glenn and boys Oscar and Archie made the ‘lake-change’ from Sydney to Mulwala two years ago.
“I had met so many great adults in my life who came from a country background and I knew that I wanted to try it,” Kylie said.
“When we moved to Mulwala we were welcomed instantly. We settled in right away and felt like we were part of the community – there was no ‘small-town’ nonsense.”
Kylie set about strengthening the presence of Mulwala Public School in the community, working hard to respect tradition but bring the school into the future.
“The Learning by the Lake concept has been something I’m very proud of,” she said.
“I wanted the students, the teachers and the families to feel that connection to the community, to value the school for how great it is. It was about creating a presence so they could say with pride ‘that’s my school’.”
An increased capital works program to improve buildings and facilities, additional technology – particularly through the introduction of iPads and most recently plans for outside school hours and vacation care.
“The out of hours care is very important to me because it gives families the opportunity to stay at Mulwala Public School rather than needing to go elsewhere to accommodate their working lives,” Kylie said.
“I’m extremely proud of how far the school has come and I know there is still work to be done. I’m confident whoever steps in will continue working hard for the future of Mulwala Public School.”
Kylie will leave her role as teaching principal in Mulwala to be a full-time principal in Corowa.
“In a way it’s nice to finish with the class I have now – they’re a great bunch of kids with plenty of spunk and I know they’ll do well,” she said.
“It’s funny, when I told the kids I wouldn’t be teaching in Corowa one of them said ‘well, that’s a waste’. That was nice to hear.”
Kylie thanked all of the Mulwala Public School students, staff and families for their support not only during her time as principal but as she moves on to the next chapter of her career.
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