Laurieton Public School officially has a new Principal, and he is no stranger to the school nor the position.
Grant Timmins had been the Relieving Principal since the start of 2014, after stepping into the role when Mr David Willard took up a position as Director of Schools.
News of Mr Timmins’ permanent appointment as Principal has been universally well received.
Parents at a recent assembly called out “nice one Mr T” from the back of the hall, and others made a point of shaking his hand.
“I think the way he communicates with the children is wonderful to see, as is their response to him,” said “Nanna” Hannaford.
“He worked so well in the position, it only seemed fair he should continue on,” said parent Amy Moore.
“It’s great news, and definitely a popular decision with parents and students,” added another parent, Mel Harper.
Developing strong relationships between home and school is an important objective at Laurieton Public School and parents are encouraged to be involved with school life.
Attendance levels at school assemblies are high, and Mr Timmins’ dry wit and sense of fun ensure parents, grandparents, staff and students are well informed and thoroughly entertained.
The ceremonial splendour that is the fortnightly ‘Principal’s Pencil’ presentation has to be seen to be appreciated.
Staff say Mr Timmins has well and truly earned the right to occupy the principal’s chair on a permanent basis.
"In the time that Mr Timmins has been relieving in the role he has been involved in many initiatives that have already had a very positive impact on the staff and students,” said Relieving Assistant Principal, Leanne Price.
Lake Cathie Public School principal Jock Garven also believes he is the right man for the job.
“Mr Grant Timmins took the helm at Laurieton Public School with ability, confidence and a deep knowledge of all the families and students at his school,” Jock said.
“It is testament to his professionalism and character that he is now permanently appointed as Principal, to continue serving the Laurieton community and the Department of Education with passion and purpose. Congratulations.”
Grant and his family have lived in Laurieton for 22 years, and both his children attended Laurieton Public School.
“I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful community,” Mr Timmins said.
“To now be the Principal of a school where wonderful parents, staff and students work together in a very happy, safe and caring environment is unbelievable.”
“I am honoured to have been officially appointed to the position and am looking forward to continuing on our quest for excellence.”