THE end of the school year will not only mark the finish of classes for some students, or the end of a schooling era for Year 12 students, it will also mark the end of Lorraine Grierson’s life as principal of Emerald Christian College.
Lorraine, together with June Drysdale, was asked in October 1999 to start the school and in 2001, Emerald Christian College was opened with Lorraine the only teacher across seven grades for the first week.
“It was a huge thing,” Lorraine said. “But it taught me to cope with change better and to be ready for change at any time, especially with the growth of the school and adapting to the curriculum.”
Change is in the air for Emerald Christian College, with the school looking into introducing senior secondary schooling to start in 2012 and also at the possibility of offering pre-Prep by 2013.
The biggest immediate change, however, is in Graeme Johnston taking over the role of principal.
“I’ve known him for five years, ready for him to do the next stage, he has the experience to take the school to the next level,” Lorraine said.
“I thought it was time to step down and let someone else take it to the next phase of growth.”
Lorraine will be filling a position as relief teacher from Prep to Year 6 and in Year 7-8 maths.
“I still get to see everybody, that’s my passion,” she said.
“I love the children, to me it’s just another phase - another step.”
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