Students farewell respected principal after four great years
AFTER four years as principal at St Mary's Catholic Primary School - and almost a lifetime of teaching in the district - Margaret Grew is taking a break.
She will finish up at St Mary's on December 7.
"I claim myself as the accidental principal,” she said.
Mrs Grew took her first position as a principal at St Patrick's School Allora in 2007.
At the time she was at Seton College in Brisbane.
"I had taught at Allora before. I knew the community and the school. I put my hand up for it and that brought me back home,” she said
"My husband Mick was still teaching at Stanthorpe so we were having a bit of an across-the-range relationship.”
Mrs Grew moved to St Mary's in 2014 and is proud of the work and culture at the school.
"With having split campus there is a feeling that they are two schools; my main aim is to make sure everybody felt they belonged to the one school.”
Over the years, there have been big changes to how the school operates, with changing curriculum and a stronger focus on E-Learning.
After setting down a solid foundation, Mrs Grew is happy to see someone build on her work.
"There is a lot of depth in the maturity of older and wiser teachers, but the new technology and what you can do is coming in leaps and bounds,” she said.
Mrs Grew said she was happy to make room for a younger generation take up the reins of the 21st-century teaching methods.
One thing that has not changed is the strong sense of community at St Mary's.
"When I arrived here there were children who I taught at Assumption College and they were now parents, (there were) children I taught when I first went to Allora in the '90s they are parents here, too.
"It's a great thing to see they find it important to continue a Catholic education.”