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A fresh start at St Mary's

3 February, 2020


St Mary’s Primary School in Yarram was alive with laughter and conversation on the first day of school, as 10 Foundation Year students joined the school community.

Newly appointed principal, Mr Joel Brayshaw, said he was pleased to see the school become a hive of activity again after the summer break.

“As a first year principal I’m excited to be part of this vibrant community. I hope to positively influence the lives of all students by meeting their individual needs while also preparing them for the future.

“My main focus as principal will be to build on the great things already happening at the school, with a specific focus on developing expert teacher practice. This will help our students achieve an accelerated rate of progress,” he said.

Ms Maria Kirkwood, the Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Sale, said Mr Brayshaw’s experience as an educational leader would benefit the whole school.

“I am confident he will continue to guide students to achieve their best while drawing on the life-giving traditions and spirituality of the Catholic faith,” she said.

Over the first few weeks, students in Foundation will familiarise themselves with the school’s routine and expectations and will spend time with their Grade 6 buddies.