8 JUL 2019
The Queensland Government has announced the foundation principals who will take the reins at Providence's two new schools in 2020.
The two new schools, being built at a total cost of $120 million, will form the foundation of Providence's new education precinct that also includes a childcare centre.
Naomi Meerwald has been chosen as the principal for the primary school and Brendan Krueger has been selected for the high school.
Ms Meerwald has more than nine years experience as a Principal, most recently as the acting principal at Woodlinks State School in Collingwood Park. She has also previously been the principal of Ipswich East State School.
Mr Krueger will relocate the to the area after completing his role as the current principal of Longreach State High School. Prior to Longreach, he was a deputy principal at Hervey Bay State High School and Bundaberg State High School as well a casual lecturer with Central Queensland University.
Education Minister Grace Grace said both appointments were well qualified for the unique role of leading a new school.
“They both have years’ worth of experience under their belts, so I have every faith they will do a fantastic job. Both principals will start work on July 15, hitting the ground running on working with families to ensure a smooth transition to the new school which will open on day one of the 2020 school year.”
Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said the appointment of the two principals was a big step forward.
“I’m happy to see two people with a wealth of experience picked to lead these new schools and I’d like to congratulate Naomi and Brendan on an opportunity of a lifetime,” Ms Miller said. “The contractors are doing a great job on site, with just over 200 days left until the school gates open.
Stage One of the primary school will feature an administration building, multi-purpose hall, oval, canteen and resource centre; Stage One of the secondary will feature a business, fashion and design graphics centre, hospitality centre, sports courts, admin building and a robotics centre.
Students in prep to year 6 will be welcome at the primary school on day one of the 2020 school year, with year 7 and 8 students welcomed at the high school.”
Ms Meerwald said she was thrilled to accept a role in a part of Queensland she is very familiar with.
“My dad worked at Swanbank (in Ipswich) and I grew up running around the fields near there,” she said.
“I’ve always wanted the challenge of opening a new school, and I’m looking forward to meeting local families and growing the school community to foster a sense of belonging and pride.”
Mr Krueger said relocating from western Queensland to Ipswich was a big move but one he was excited about.
“I’ve had three great years in Longreach and I’ll be sad to leave, but I’m really looking forward to the new challenge,” he said.
“I want every student at Ripley Valley’s new secondary school to share a sense of belonging and pride in the school and obtain a quality education and clear pathway for their future life.
“A big part of my role will be working with families and the local community to build partnerships and open up future opportunities for our students.”
Expressions of interest for enrolments open on Monday 15 July 2019. Parents can register their interest by contacting the Regional Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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