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Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast public schools welcome new principals

NSW Department of Education 2 mins read

Students and teachers at schools in the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions have welcomed new principals to mark the first day of the 2024 school year.


Among the new school leaders in the Newcastle region are Melanie Johnson at Pelican Flat Public and Sarah Turnbull at Newcastle Middle School.


In the Hunter, Largs Public School welcomes principal Leanne Jarlett, Pauline Smith is the new principal at Tanilba Bay Public School, Deanne Brown is the new principal at Tenambit Public School, Kristen Kime is the new principal at Denman Public School and Simon Mulready is the new principal at Kurri Kurri Public School.


Wadalba Community School on the Central Coast has welcomed new principal Carlie Wells.


Across NSW, 77 new principals have started meeting students, staff and families to outline their leadership priorities for the school year.


Of the new principals, 41 are leading schools in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW while 36 are starting at schools in the Sydney metropolitan area.


NSW public school principals play an essential role in guiding their schools and nurturing student learning.


Research shows that effective school leaders have a substantial impact on student results. The role of principal also includes leading staff improvement and fostering community engagement.


NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said: 


"The new principals will bring plenty of energy, expertise and new ideas to the roles and I know that they can't wait to get started.

"NSW public school principals play an important role in our local communities, guiding our students through their educational journeys and transforming lives through learning.


"I am confident these new principals will lead with dignity and kindness, setting our students up with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive."

NSW Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar said: 

"It’s my pleasure to welcome our 77 new principals to their new schools for the start of 2024.

"I know they will be exceptional role models to staff by improving the quality of learning and engagement of our students.


"Our school principals are the driving force behind creating a positive and inclusive learning environment that empowers teachers and inspires students to reach their full potential."

Contact details:

Luke Horton 0436 950 946 | Sven Wright 0412 209 750

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