The Principal Questions
By Gay Liddington
Our Hinterland schools are pretty special, and we have been running a monthly article finding out more about the person at the helm. This month it’s Principal Ruth Machen, from Eudlo State School.
- Are you and your family from this area?
I grew up and have spent most of my life living in Gladstone. Now I live with my husband, Richard, in Glenview. We really enjoy living on the coast and most of our children all live in the south east corner of Queensland, so I get to catch up with them regularly.
- What do you do on your days off?
I like to play golf on the weekends and I am a member of the Beerwah Golf Club. I have played softball and hockey throughout my life and this year I coached an amazing group of ladies in the Flinders Hockey Club.
- How long have you been in a Principal position?
I have been principal at Eudlo SS for three years and prior to that have worked as Principal at Widgee SS and out west at Bauhinia SS.
- Why did you choose to become an educator?
A family friend, Judy Aitkenhead, encouraged me to go into teaching as she saw how much I enjoyed coaching and leading sporting teams. Even now, at 78 years of age, Judy volunteers her time to help others. She is an educator that I really admire.
- What are the strengths of the school community?
Eudlo is inclusive and caring and it’s so close to everything. I like to call it small but mighty. The school is very well resourced and is set in a lush rain forest. The whole Eudlo community really is fantastic. It sounds cliché but honestly, no child is left behind at Eudlo. The school offers individual attention and the staff are really caring and approachable.
- What are your plans for the next year for the school?
The school is really focusing on improving literacy skills in 2019 and providing engaging lessons. Students are very interested in technology and recently produced a school movie using drones to film.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job?
What job in the world do you get to go to work each day and be greeted so enthusiastically by so many? Teaching happy children and getting to know their wonderful personalities and families is very rewarding. I honestly enjoy going to work every single day.
- What has been the most valuable lesson you have learnt along the way?
I like to tell the students that making mistakes is okay and that we all learn from each other.
- What is your motto or favourite quote?
Some kids are smarter than you.
Some kids have cooler clothes than you.
Some kids are better at sports than you.
IT DOESN’T MATTER
You have your thing too.
Be the kid who can get along.
Be the kid who is generous.
Be the kid who is happy for other people.
Be the kid who does the right thing.
BE THE NICE KID
By Bryan Skavnak
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