Retiring Tumbulgum principal Vicki Tolhurst (centre) with students Jessie Hingerty, Thomas Plater, Zac Wise, Hanna Carmichael, Riley Hall and Charrissa Birtwell.
Retiring Tumbulgum principal Vicki Tolhurst (centre) with students Jessie Hingerty, Thomas Plater, Zac Wise, Hanna Carmichael, Riley Hall and Charrissa Birtwell. Blainey Woodham

Farewell for Tumbulgum principal

STUDENTS at Tumbulgum Public School were a sea of purple on Friday as they farewelled their principal Vicki Tolhurst.

Mrs Tolhurst will retire at the end of this year, after being at the small school since 2003.

“I will be very sad to leave,” Mrs Tolhurst said in a school newsletter.

“I have found it very difficult to come to the decision that I will retire.

“For the past seven years my heart has very much been in Tumbulgum School – I often say it is the best school in the Tweed Valley.”

Past and present students, parents and community members wore purple, Mrs Tolhurst’s favourite colour, to a farewell afternoon tea at the school.

As the day’s special guest, Mrs Tolhurst was crowned and adorned with jewels and each student gave her a purple helium-filled balloon.

“I have loved every minute of working with the children, staff and the parents,” she said.

“One of the greatest joys of my principalship is the opportunity I have to be a teaching principal.”

An expression of interest will go out to the schools to fill the relieving position of principal for term one next year.

During the term a panel will be selected by the school education director to select the new principal who will start in term two.

This month, the school was also presented with a Director-General’s Award for their brilliant teamwork and dedication from the staff, enormous positive support from our parents and students that are eager and enthusiastic about learning.



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