Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools is encouraging students and families to celebrate and thank their school principals today, National Primary Principals Day.
“The role of a Catholic primary school principal is complex, challenging and rewarding,” Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools executive director Jim Miles said.
“However, the past 18 months of the pandemic have stress-tested the capabilities of our principals like never before and they have responded magnificently.
“In the face of the challenges presented, we have seen strong and decisive school leadership, innovation, care and compassion in abundance as our principals have worked tirelessly to maintain learning continuity and support the wellbeing of their students, staff and families.
“Schools have had to alternate between onsite and remote learning, sometimes with only a few hours' notice. Principals have assisted with contact tracing, overseen deep cleans, and cared for sick students and staff.
“Stories of principals going above and beyond the call of duty are common across the community.”
Mr Miles said the pandemic had also shone new light on the central leadership role principals play, not just within their schools, but also within the fabric of their parish and wider communities.
“I encourage everyone to take the opportunity today to say “thanks” to their primary school principal,” Mr Miles said.