Head returns to school

New Sir David Brand School principal Hilary Palmer with students Ben Gray and Joshua Wood. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypic.com.au d410669
New Sir David Brand School principal Hilary Palmer with students Ben Gray and Joshua Wood. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypic.com.au d410669

Ms Palmer started her tenure at the school at the beginning of second semester after previous principal Eve Lucas retired.

The North Perth resident said she had wanted to return to a school setting after working for many years at head office.

‘After working on a range of system level initiatives I really felt the need to come back and work in a community,’ she said.

‘The thing I was missing was inclusion, which for me isn’t a placement but a feeling. So getting involved in the specific issues impacting families and being able to make a difference is important.’

Ms Palmer said that throughout her teaching career she had maintained links at the Coolbinia-based school, firstly as a student teacher observing classes, then through her association with Ms Lucas and another previous principal, and her work at head office.

She said the focus of her time would be on integrating technology into children’s lives.

‘We also have an intensive early intervention program that is not only for children who might need some intensive work before tranisition to their local school, which includes lots of evidence based programs, but also for children with very high support needs,’ Ms Palmer said.

‘The other aspect is to continue the long history we have of excelling with transitioning students to work and leisure options.

‘It is one thing to have a very nice time at school and learn lots, but the future after school needs to be carefully planned as well.’