The Victorian Principals Association (VPA) held a conference in Yarrawonga Mulwala recently with Yarrawonga College P-12 Principal Damien Keel calling it an important event.
“I am a state councillor with the VPA and it was fantastic to be able to bring this influential group of people to our area and to hear our concerns,” Mr Keel said.
“These conferences are normally held closer to metropolitan Melbourne and that sometimes is our biggest disadvantage, being rural we don’t have direct access to people who can affect change in the education system.
“The VPA is a significant group which has a direct link to the Premier of Victoria.
“ClubMulwala sponsored this event which was fantastic and there were approximately 13 prinicpals who travelled from Cobram, Wodonga, Tungamah, Wangaratta, Middle Indigo, Katamatite, Nathalia, Yarrawonga, Springhurst and Kialla to attend.
“At the conference, guest speakers spoke about issues in human resources and provided general support and guidance.”
In other news, Mr Keel said the new Prep to Grade 4 development was progressing well and was on schedule to be completed and ready to open at the start of 2018.
“Work is definitely on track and we are all set to open the doors for the 2018 school year,” he said.
“The college is working closely with Moira Shire and the Department of Education regarding the parking issues in Gilmore Street and we are looking at developing the road space to include drop off and pick up points and design a new bus area.
“We certainly acknowledge this road is already extremely busy during school hours and when the Prep to Grade 4 campus opens it will only get busier, adding approximately another 200 families into the mix.
“The college is trying to be as proactive as possible in getting this infrastructure in place and ready for 2018.”