Principal moves in
By ROXANNE MILLAR
FORGET the dowdy suits, the intimidating office and the unrelenting glare of a stereotypical principal, Kingscliff High School's latest leader is a truly 21st century woman.
Wearing red-hot high heels and a nervous smile, new principal Beverley Theobald relaxes in her office as the radio plays in a corner.
"This is a high-achieving school and I am very excited to have been chosen for this job," she said.
"As a principal I have the opportunity to influence the lives of 1300 students, and I hope I do that properly so they may have a better life when they leave school."
A teacher with several years experience as a principal, Mrs Theobald moved to the Tweed from the Port Macquarie area where she opened Camden Haven High five years ago.
"I think it is good to move to different schools, and after five years at Camden Haven I decided it was time to go.
"I am really happy to be here. This school has great traditions to build upon and I hope I can make a great school even greater."
Mrs Theobald said her educational philosophy revolved around students and learning exclusively.
"What underpins the way I work is the belief that students must always come first. This school will be a really student-focused school, looking at the way children think and feel.
"The other tenent is that learning is the core business at all levels, including students, teachers, parents and the community."
Having been in the boss' seat only two weeks, Mrs Theobald said she had devoted a lot of time to meeting staff and students.
"I am here to stay and have been really getting to know the school and how students think and feel. I have been in and out of the classrooms," she said.
"With 90 staff here, I think I finally know all their names.
"I expect to be leading this excellent school as part of a great team."