Our Hinterland schools are pretty special, and some of them have relatively new principals to steer them forward. We thought it would be interesting to talk to the person at the helm and this month it’s Principal Kay Rye, from Conondale State School.
- How are your family with the move to this area?
My family love that I am at Conondale State School. After working away from my daughters and husband for the past two years – it is wonderful to be back together in the hinterland. My husband is very supportive. We have lived in the area for over five years and love being in this unique community. While I was away, it was great to return to the area on school holidays. There is always something to do on weekends in this great place.
- What do you do on your days off?
I love to catch up with family and friends. I also love to explore around our local area. I love to read and always have two or three books on the go.
- Is this your first Principal role?
No. I have been a small school Principal for the past seven years at various schools across different regions. I also worked at Sunnybank Hills State School as a Deputy Principal which was a great experience working in a large school in Brisbane.
- Why did you choose to become an educator?
My primary school years were wonderful. I enjoyed going to school every day. I wanted to pass on my positive experiences to students at my school and to ensure that they enjoy their schooling and love being at school. I learn something new every day and try my hardest to ensure that every learning experience is a positive one.
- What are the strengths of the school community?
The Conondale school community works very hard to ensure our students access a quality education and that we have up to date skills and equipment to make success a reality. The staff are invested in every one of our students achieving a year’s growth. The Conondale and wider school community have been supportive and Conondale State School is a fantastic school with awesome students.
- What are your plans for the next year for the school?
At Conondale we are very focused on maximising our students achievement in all areas of the curriculum. We are investing time in delivering the Australian Curriculum across the school with a consistent planning approach resulting in a lift in our reading results. Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is flourishing and we offer a holistic approach to teaching our students the benefits of being self-sufficient. We take pride in teaching our students how to grow, prepare and cook a healthy meal and we take the time to sit and eat together as a group.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love to be in every classroom to see the enjoyment in learning. The most rewarding part is not only being a part of a team but recognising that every student learns differently. It is a wonderful feeling to know that you have inspired students to question why.
- What has been the most valuable lesson you have learnt along the way?
Every child is unique and every student has the potential to achieve success. We need to be flexible and recognise that students learn in different ways. It is a true accomplishment when a child is inspired to question what he or she has learned.
- Did a teacher or principal inspire you when you were a student?
My greatest inspiration came from an amazing music teacher – Cherie Mason. I worked alongside Mrs Mason for many years and she taught our daughters.
I remember her saying to me that learning is meant to be fun and students need to know that you care. Every classroom she entered, she was happy and students knew she wanted to be there. She left every lesson with each student with a smile on his or her face and an appreciation for music. She did have high expectations but instilled a belief in every student that they had potential to reach for the stars.
- What is your motto or favourite quote?
My favourite quote is from Benjamin Franklin: Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.