Ready to take on the top job

IT’S a student’s ultimate revenge – being given free rein to play principal for a day.

In a move that would make Bart Simpson green with envy, a St Nicholas Primary School pupil will do just that on Wednesday, gifted the rare privilege of sitting in the principal’s chair.

REVERSAL: 
St Nicholas Primary School Year 6 pupil Keeley Day tests out principal Stefan van Aanholt’s chair ahead of playing principal for a day next week. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280514GOD02

REVERSAL: St Nicholas Primary School Year 6 pupil Keeley Day tests out principal Stefan van Aanholt’s chair ahead of playing principal for a day next week. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280514GOD02

Year 6 pupil Keeley Hay has earned the honour as part of an innovative leadership program and will perform the same roles principal Stefan van Aanholt would, including addressing an assembly and eating lunch in the hallowed halls of the staff room.

And in a democratic touch, 

Keeley will install a suggestion box for pupils on Monday, asking for ideas on what she should do as acting principal.

“I’m nervous and excited because I’m not really sure what to expect,” Keeley said.

“I’m excited about the opportunity but a bit nervous about having to discipline other students.”

Keeley will also undertake classroom visits, write the principal’s report for the newsletter and go on playground supervision duty.

She said she would resist the temptation to make sweeping changes, like ruling a three-hour lunch or abolishing homework.

Keely was selected for the job through a rigorous panel interview process.

Mr van Aanholt described Keeley as a leader of the future.

“She’s a fantastic kid; she gets involved in everything, is intelligent, works hard in class and presents herself well,” he said.

Asked what she should expect from the role, Mr van Aanholt said “we’ve got a few surprises in store”.

“I’ve told parents who have got complaints to come down next Wednesday,” he joked.

He said her experience would not only give her an insight into the decision-making process of a principal but also help her appreciate the dynamics of leading a diverse group of people.

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