FORMER Bendemeer Public School principal Bonita Broughton is not moving too far, heading down the Moonbi Range to take up the reins as principal of Moonbi Public School for 2013.
After seven years as Bendemeer principal, Ms Broughton is quite excited about taking up her new position.
“I’m looking forward to working at Moonbi,” Ms Broughton said.
“I’m really excited – the staff are really great. I’ve been to a few P&C meetings. The P&C have been working really hard to see numbers grow.”
She said it was obvious it was a tight-knit community and that this would translate into a good relationship with her pupils’ parents.
“I’ve just got that sense already – the community taking pride in the school,” Ms Broughton said.
Moonbi Public School had 53 pupils and it was likely they’d also get a third teacher this year, she said.
Ms Broughton said she had really appreciated the good working relationship among the Bendemeer Public School community and warmly praised them.
“The thing I loved about Bendy was that sense of family,” she said.
Originally a Coonabarabran girl, she spent 10 years teaching in West Wyalong before taking up the reins at Bendemeer.
She said she would always treasure her Bendemeer memories.
“It was just a fabulous chapter of my life – I will take away long-term friends,” Ms Broughton said.
She is looking forward to the 2013 school year and plans to embrace the horse-riding community and its sport and recreation ground for which Moonbi is renowned.
“I love horses, so I’m really looking forward to the horse sports here,” she said.