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Fishy welcomes new faces

FISH Creek and District Primary School welcomed a new acting principal Dale Banks in May, a former student of the school.
Mr Banks comes to the school with a background of working with disengaged youth.
“I was working in the Latrobe Valley with students going through the court system and helping them to re-engage with education,” he said.
“Prior to that, I was working with students in Grade 5 and 6 who had been expelled. It is a bit of a change of pace at Fish Creek,” he said.
Mr Banks said he was keen to return to Fish Creek as a way to get more experience and work with the close knit community.
He said the school had faced some disruption in the past and he hopes to provide a bit of stability and will remain in the acting principal position until at least the end of the year.
“I have loved it so far. It has been great getting to know the families and the students are fantastic here. I haven’t had the chance to work with an entire community before,” he said.
“Fish Creek is a very community orientated school.”
Mr Banks said his aim is to keep things going along smoothly at the school.
“We have been working on grounds infrastructure. We have a new fence around the basketball court, new outdoor blinds for the junior area to create an outdoor learning space and a new retaining wall around the sandpit,” he said.
“We are working with the local kindergarten on our transition program. We want to continue our good relationship with the kindergarten and we are making that a focus for the rest of the year.
“We want to make the transition as smooth as possible for the students coming to the school from kindergarten.”
Another new teacher has joined the team at Fish Creek three days a week for the rest of the year.
Tilly Halfpenny is a graduate teacher and will be teaching science and other subjects while at the school.
“It is such a lovely community, the students are fabulous and the staff are really friendly and supportive,” she said.

Fresh faces: from left, Fish Creek and District Primary School students Julia Stefani, Isla Sands-Morris, Leticia Prosser and Alistair Buckland with acting principal Dale Banks.

Fresh faces: from left, Fish Creek and District Primary School students Julia Stefani, Isla Sands-Morris, Leticia Prosser and Alistair Buckland with acting principal Dale Banks.

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