TARA Hollier, the School Council President at Toora Primary School, said that the school is incredibly relieved and also excited to have someone who is keen, vibrant and ready to hit the ground running.
She is talking about Luke Haustorfer who arrived at the start of the new term.
He has been the new Principal for only a week and has found the parents very supportive and welcoming.
“It is amazing sitting in my office and looking out and seeing a group of parents doing the garden and someone else cleaning or reading to the kids.
“Small communities are great, you don’t get that in big towns. I love it,” said Luke.
Luke worked for the last 12 months at South Street Primary School in Moe and before that at an alternative school for disengaged secondary students.
He grew up in Yarram and has been in the Valley for the last 10 years.
“I’m stoked to be back in South Gippsland,” he said.
The last school he was at had 350 students. Toora Primary has 35.
“It’s a tenth of the size. Everything is scaled down.”
Tara has two children at the school and says the school has new facilities, amazing teachers and an awesome support network.
“The kids are so happy. Preps are friends with Grade 6’s. They can pretty much go to anyone and have someone to talk to if they need it,” she said.
“Toora Primary School is a great option for the town and also the wider community.
We are looking forward to the future and building the school back up,” Tara said.