Making school fun is her aim
DESCRIBING herself as a “child focused person”, Glennie Heights' new principal Sandra Wright plans to make the school day a fun learning experience for all of the students over the next six months.
Ms Wright – who makes a daily pilgrimage from her home just outside of Gatton – has been placed in an “acting” role for the next six months, with the possibility of a longer assignment after that stage.
Throughout her 22-year teaching career, Ms Wright has been a teacher and deputy principal at schools within the Toowoomba and Ipswich regions and is excited to fulfil her first principal role at Glennie Heights.
During the next six months, Ms Wright will be focused on improving child performances, particularly in reading, and said she wanted to reignite the fun in the small school community.
Ms Wright's passion for children has not diminished throughout her lengthy teaching career and she spent this week developing a relationship with her newest students.
Getting down on the children's level and learning each child's individual story is something Ms Wright considers to be an integral part of developing a mutually respectful relationship with her students.
She plans to involve herself as much as possible in the students' learning process, through classroom visits and being an approachable presence in the playground during breaks.
“I have told my students I have an ‘open-door policy' and that way the students respect you, they want to please you and they will do anything you ask of them,” she said.
“We want the children to feel they are in a positive, caring, family atmosphere.”
And it seems that at least some of the students have already taken to their new principal, with Year 2 student Shannon yesterday stopping by her office during lunch to deliver a hand picked yellow flower.
Ms Wright said she had already noticed the students had a strong connection among themselves, always offering a helping hand.
During her time at the school, Ms Wright also hopes to generate some interest and action for a weekly interschool sports afternoon.
She also wants to offer the students of Glennie Heights fun experiences they may not always be open to.
“School has got to be fun and you have to reward them for putting in the hard yards,” she said.
Ms Wright hopes to offer those kinds of rewards by things such as a trip to Toowoomba for a game of skirmish or a go karting.