Lucy Keath will bring more than 20 years experience to her role as the new principal at St Joseph’s Primary School in Cobram.
Mrs Keath comes to the school from St Mary’s in Cohuna, and has also spent five years working in education in the United Kingdom, as well as in Castlemaine and Melbourne.
Education runs through her blood, with her mother also a teacher and one of the inspirations for her to become a teacher.
‘‘I love seeing kids with that ‘a-ha’ moment, when they’ve worked something out or learned something and I love seeing happy people learning,’’ Mrs Keath said.
‘‘Something I tell the students is that it’s my job to keep them happy and safe, that’s what’s really important to me.’’
Mrs Keath said she was looking forward to learning about the school community and wider community and developing education at the school.
‘‘I think it’s important to explore ways to educate children and develop their knowledge, and have a variety of ways of learning,’’ she said.
Currently, she is planning on developing the school’s outdoor areas to be more fun and inclusive.
As well as the running track and new playground which are in development, she’s also been talking to students about what they would like to see outdoors, like a sandpit and fairy garden, to create better outdoor spaces.
‘‘It’s been fantastic, the community and the wider Cobram community have been very welcoming,’’ Mrs Keath said of her time in Cobram so far.
She takes over from Joan Moriarty, who has retired after 38 years at the school.
Mrs Keath said she was grateful to Mrs Moriarty for all that she’d done for the school and was looking forward to taking the reins from her.