David Iliffe steps in as principal
IT was something a little unusual compared to David Iliffe’s normal routine as he took a walk in a principal’s shoes.
The ABC Breakfast Show host broadcasted live from Warwick Glennie Heights State School yesterday where he was principal for the day.
“It’s been great, I loved it,” Mr Iliffe said.
“The broadcast went well and I made a point of talking to teachers and students.
“You come to a school like this and realise that the teachers have great stories as well.”
Principal Robyn Cummings said their school had been a part of the event for five years and it was a great way to develop partnerships with people in the community.
“It is important, the kids love it and it showcases our school,” Mrs Cummings said.
Mr Iliffe said it had been a long time since he was in a classroom and was amazed by the change in education and how children are taught.
“We had coloured rods to teach us to count and it’s just a completely different world now, it’s great,” he said.
He would have had a number of fans if he managed to get his new rules through including a pay rise for teachers and more free dress days for pupils.
“For some reason they got knocked on the head,” Mr Iliffe joked.
He had a stint on playground duty and visited classrooms around the school helping them with their school work or presenting on public speaking and how to get a career in radio.
“Spending a little bit of time in the Year 6 class made me realise I would be the softest teacher...I saw how hard it is to be a teacher,” he said.
“I am grateful for this experience; it’s been a real eye opener.”