WOLUMLA Public School has announced the appointment of Carolyn Nugent as its principal.
Ms Nugent had a taste for the job as the school’s relieving principal in 2012, but has now accepted a permanent position.
After settling into her office last week, Ms Nugent said she was now excited about the year ahead.
The school is set for big changes in 2013, led by pupils wearing a new school uniform.
Thanks to support from the Wolumla school P&C the uniform’s colours are teal, black and gold, instead of the traditional yellow and black.
For the first time, Japanese language lessons are being introduced at Wolumla for all ages.
The school will also implement a new music program encompassing orchestral and rock band instruments.
“Wolumla is a traditional school, steeped in history, but it’s nice to head into a new direction,” Ms Nugent said.
“I want to support the school in stepping forward with new technology and thinking skills, preparing our students for their best start.”
In 2013, there will be 56 pupils enrolled at Wolumla Public School.
Ms Nugent said she enjoyed the small school environment.
“It’s a fantastic role for a principal…the Wolumla community is very involved in the school,” she said.
“I feel like I worked hard in the relieving position and I look forward to the permanent position of being part of a small school community.”
Ms Nugent is originally from Wollongong and moved to the Bega Valley 24 years ago.
She taught at most primary schools around the local area before taking on the role of assistant principal at Pambula Public School.
Ms Nugent spent the last three terms in 2012 as relieving principal at Wolumla, before moving into the permanent role.
She said she enjoyed the challenge of being principal.
“I am lucky to have a supportive and enthusiastic staff,” Ms Nugent said.
“The challenges of teaching in a small rural school are exciting.”
The NSW Department of Education and Communities recently announced the appointment of six new principals in the Illawarra and South-East region, including Ms Nugent.
More than 60 staff members across the state have been appointed for the first time as principals, while another 60 will take up principal duties in different schools to where they led in 2012.
Education Minister Adrian Picolli said this way the start of a new era for NSW public school principals.