Simon Shepherd will take on the top job at the Scots PGC College in July.
Simon Shepherd will take on the top job at the Scots PGC College in July. Jayden Brown

Rural lifestyle appeals

WHILE he may be coming from the big city of Melbourne, the newly appointed Scots PGC College principal insists he has a strong rural background.

Simon Shepherd will take the top job in July, after a three-and-a-half-year stint as the head of Senior School at the Wesley College campus in Glen Waverley.

Mr Shepherd said the chance to head Scots College was an opportunity he "couldn't look past".

"It's a chance to get back to rural living - I come from rural roots," he said.

"I grew up in a small rural town in South Australia - I'm very aware of rural living."

The experienced teacher was in the Rose City over the school holidays on a short trip to visit the college and get a feel for the town.

"My first impressions of Warwick are very favourable," he said.

"I have an air of anticipation - I'm very much looking forward to being here."

Mr Shepherd has extensive experience with boarding schools, working in several schools in Australia and overseas. From a village in Scotland to Canberra and Melbourne, Mr Shepherd has taught at a spread of schools and said Scots was as well-resourced as any other school at which he has worked.

"The school is exceptionally well resourced - it's really covering a lot of bases," he said.

"A strategy for the school has been developed with a very clear vision.

"The principles of education won't change."

While the school won't see much change, Mr Shepherd said he definitely had a goal in mind.

"My motto is learn how to live, be and do - you need to learn to know," he said.

"I'm waiting to start on a journey."

The new principal will be joined by his wife Susan and sons, Daniel, 9, and Jeremy, 6.

The family will be seen out and about once they move to town, with Mr Shepherd and his sons very passionate about rugby union.



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