This month we catch up with Good Counsel Principal Liam Kenny to find out about his hopes and plans for the Innisfail-based primary school.
What do you hope to achieve in your role as principal?
To lead a very successful primary school catering to the educational needs of every student while supporting each and every staff member to make learning and teaching engaging.
What makes you most proud to be the leader of your school community?
Witnessing the student learning success stories. Having happy students who want to come to school each day.
What makes a great teacher?
Passion and a love of their students. Someone who is patient and attempts to know the background of each student in their class.
How did your education shape you to be the person you are today?
I did not find the academic side of school easy so I always attempt to provide intervention for students who struggle to engage with the curriculum. I did however enjoy the sporting and social engagement at school and still do.
What motto, affirmation or prayer do you live by?
Teaching is a vocation not a vacation (words passed on to me by my late father who was an excellent teacher).
What is the highlight of your career so far as principal?
Every day is presented with highlights but having the opportunity to enrol the students of students I have taught and also to hear the success stories of students when they complete their schooling or begin in the workforce.
What do you think are the most important values a principal should uphold?
Hard work ethic, compassion, faith, communication skills and the ability to understand the background of the families we engage with.
Find out more about Good Counsel Primary School, Innisfail.