NEW FACES: Principal Karen Harrison (right) welcomes teachers (from left) Steve Groves, Jessica Sillett, Hayley Fletcher, Matthew Gardiner and Adam Burton to St Patrick's College.
NEW FACES: Principal Karen Harrison (right) welcomes teachers (from left) Steve Groves, Jessica Sillett, Hayley Fletcher, Matthew Gardiner and Adam Burton to St Patrick's College.

'School on the hill' weclomes five new teachers

ST PATRICK'S College has welcomed five new teachers to its staff for 2017.

All are excited to join the 'school on the hill', which has had a long association with the Gympie community over its 150 years.

College Principal Karen Harrison said she was thrilled by the significant number of applicants received for the advertised positions but not surprised that the college's academic standards drew a such a depth of experience of candidates.

The new appointments fill the vacancies of retired teachers Clare Banks, Ron Kelly and Terry Wigmore who, between them, taught for more than 60 years at the college.

The students, staff and parents have welcomed teachers Matthew Gardiner, Adam Burton, Hayley Fletcher and Steven Groves, who has moved from the furthest location - Mareeba, North Queensland, as well as Jessica Sillett, an ex-student of the college.

The new staff teach in many disciplines including English, Mathematics, Religious Education, History, Learning Support, Health and Physical Education, Graphics, Industrial Technology, and Humanities and are involved in the co-curricular program of the school.

"Our new staff have appreciated the warm welcome they have received from the Gympie and College communities,” Mrs Harrison said.

"They are looking forward to settling in the area.”

Gympie Times


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