Principal closes chapter with St Pat’s Primary
SCHOOL is out today for St Patrick's Primary School principal Kathy Fuller, moving on after nine years.
Mrs Fuller is taking up a new position next year as principal of St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School on the Gold Coast.
The move has come about as her principal position is limited to a 12-year contract.
The outgoing principal said upon reaching the nine-year mark, she started looking for a new opportunity.
"I was lucky in that I got something right away," she said.
"It's the end of a chapter and I have loved it.
"This is a great school and in many ways, it feels like losing family."
As the bell rings at St Patrick's Primary for Mrs Fuller for the final time this afternoon, the principal will be in a contemplative mood.
A final school assembly is planned as a farewell this afternoon and a special gathering tomorrow when staff members will say a heartfelt goodbye.
The school community also gathered during its recent school concert to pass on its best wishes.
Tributes to Mrs Fuller's nine-year stint at St Patrick's Primary have flowed over the past few weeks.
St Patrick's Primary School staff prepared a joint speech to celebrate the fingerprint the principal has left on the school.
"Kathy arrived at St Patrick's Primary nine years ago and as we all know, hit the ground running," the speech said.
"She set an incredible pace and at times, for some of us, one that was almost impossible to keep up with.
"For some of us, she has lapped us several times."
Mrs Fuller's passion for change has left a mark on the school.
The principal will be remembered for her attention to detail, innovation, commitment to change and constant improvement.
Mrs Fuller's leadership has helped the school through some major changes in recent years, including the introduction of the Australian Curriculum, projects related to the Building and Education Revolution, ongoing changes to technology and Brisbane Catholic Education's Delivering Excellent Learning and Teaching initiative.
Staff applauded Mrs Fuller's hands-on approach.
"(She is) always committed and passionate about achieving change and better outcomes for students," staff said.
"The way Kathy has reached out to support families and staff members at times of personal challenge, difficulty, sickness and, sadly, loss has been generous, compassionate and truly pastoral."