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 Julianne Emmert from Mapleton State School in Maleny.
- How are your family with the move to this area?
My family is very happy with the move and enjoy visiting as much as possible. I feel extremely fortunate to be here. It is such a beautiful area with so much to see and do. The surroundings are serene and peaceful.
- What do you do on your days off?
I love to renovate and often grab the Makita tools. I enjoy patchwork sewing, working in the garden or just pottering around at home. I also enjoy exploring the Hinterland and Sunny Coast, and love to go for a stroll along the beach and have a coffee with friends and family.
- Is this your first Principal role?
I have been a principal since 2006, working in a variety of different schools and settings within the Central Queensland region. I have learned various skills and thoroughly enjoyed the journey and experiences along the way.
- Why did you choose to become an educator?
It was my dream ever since I was in Year 2 to be a teacher. There was never any question which career path I was going to follow as I enjoy working within the whole school community with staff, parents and students. I love my job.
- What are the strengths of the school community?
At Mapleton we have very strong links within the local and wider community and a very supportive parent body which is wonderful. We have experienced, skilled staff who are very dedicated hard workers and always give 110%. The students are very caring, considerate and polite to one another and respectful to staff and parents.
- What are your plans for the next year for the school?
Wellbeing will continue to be a focus for staff, parents and students. If children are feeling happy and safe they are more equipped to focus on their learning. We also have some creative and exciting ideas on how we can improve our various gardens with the students, staff and parents, and build our Environmental Education program.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Building a positive, supportive environment which enhances learning and strengthens relationships within the school community. I think it is important to acknowledge others’ efforts and accomplishments.
- What has been the most valuable lesson you have learnt along the way?
Be flexible and always listen to others.
- Did a teacher or principal inspire you when you were a student?
Yes, Mrs Broome, my Year 2 teacher. She inspired me from a very young age.
- What is your motto or favourite quote?
Every Child Matters Every Day.
For previous Principal Questions, visit www.Hinterland Times.com.au