Alan Tolley, the new principal of Kingscliff High School
Alan Tolley, the new principal of Kingscliff High School

New boss for Kingy High

DISILLUSION with the corporate world led former daredevil Alan Tolley to take up teaching. But it is the years of working in the manufacturing industry and corporate retail that has fast- tracked his career to great heights. A firm believer in the egalitarian ethos of public education, the% newly-appointed principal of King- scliff High School hopes to further build the school's connection with the community. "I would like to enhance the com- munity participation in the school," --------------- --------------- Mr Tolley said this week. Born in UK and brought up in West Sydney, the 51-year-old came to teaching at the ripe old age of 34 after 14 years of exporting hang- gliders. "I wanted to do something worth- while, something that makes a% difference to people," he said. After a brief period in Sydney, Mr Tolley moved to the Far North Coast with his wife of 23 years Deidre to pursue a career in teaching. His stints included head teacher of English at East Ballina Southern Cross K12 school and deputy princi- pal at Richmond River High School --------------- --------------- in Lismore. "I was keen to apply for a position at Kingscliff High School because of its enormous reputation, not just on the Tweed Coast but the whole of the North Coast," he said. "Between the school, the quality of staff and the community it seemed like an exciting place to be principal." Mr Tolley said Kingscliff High's reputation as a leader in Informa- tion Technology added to the allure. A keen cyclist and an avid book- reader, Mr Tolley shares an "appre- ciation of films" with his 15-year-old son Rowan. --------------- --------------- The former adventure sport en- thusiast, who loves to watch the an- tics of juvenile delinquent Jonah in the popular ABC comedy Summer Heights High, said he did not believe in using intimidation to motivate students. "I am only five-feet-six-inches, so no way am I a fearsome principal," he said. "I'd rather be the enlightened principal, I believe in tough love. "I believe kids need boundaries and I want to offer them the support they need to be able to comply with and reach the standards of the school."



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