Ms Perry takes the lead at St Patrick’s school
LEADERSHIP has a new, yet familiar, face at St Patrick's School Mitchell.
Emily Perry is stepping up as principal of the small Catholic primary school this year, coming off the back of a six-month stint as APRE teacher, and she can't wait to achieve great things with her students and staff.
When the school's 28 children return to their classrooms on Tuesday, there will be a renewed focus on maths and problem solving - subjects which Ms Perry is passionate about.
"We are launching a new project called Inspire maths, and the aim is to boost our students' achievements in mathematics," she said.
"It is teaching students maths in a way that is appropriate for the 21st century: moving away from the traditional memorisation approach to maths, getting the students to relate mathematical concepts to what they already know, and find different ways of solving a single problem.
"The world is changing so fast with technology, and our new program will equip them to adapt to the changing needs."
Ms Perry isn't the only teacher taking on a new position at St Pat's in 2020.
The schools has also welcomed a new teacher and a fresh face to the admin team.
Ms Felicity Rae, a recent teaching graduate with a long history of early childhood education, will be taking on the P-2 class, and Caitlin Newton has come on board as the new school officer.
"I'm looking forward to the year ahead," Ms Perry said.
"Our staff are very united, we work well together, and have a clear vision of what we want for our school: to achieve the best all of our students."