Gladstone school gets new principal
AFTER doing his principal tour of Queensland Damien Hoare is back home and here to stay.
The 38-year-old has returned to Gladstone, where his teaching career began in 1999, as the new principal of West Gladstone State School.
Mr Hoare, as he is known to his almost 700 students, taught for five years in the UK and again in Gladstone before he embarked on his principal tour of Queensland at Marlborough, Buliyan, Eidsvold, Ambrose, Calliope and Blackwater North state schools.
"I've been in the central Queensland the whole time," he said.
"I hoped I would have a welcoming principal's office and that I don't come across as a scary principal."
Now he has a large school all to himself and, with his eldest son starting prep next year, he is hoping to create some stability for himself and the school.
"It's a great school but every school definitely has room for improvement," he said.
"The values I stand by are to maximise the time we have with the children in the classroom."
On his agenda is to improve the students' writing, utilising the teaching goals and practices based on data from Naplan and diagnostic testing.
"We have already put into place consistent writing practices from prep through to Year 6 so we're all using the same terms," he said.