North Arm State farewells principal who changed lives

PRIVILEGED FAREWELL: Genevieve Kenna with students on her last day at North Arm State School after 17 years.
PRIVILEGED FAREWELL: Genevieve Kenna with students on her last day at North Arm State School after 17 years. Iain Curry

GENEVIEVE Kenna is to North Arm State School what Picasso was to art.

The principal has brought a broad and interesting palette of colour and life to the school in her 17 years there, showing kids a classroom has more to it than just a place to learn literacy and numeracy.

While the school has had outstanding academic outcomes in her time, Mrs Kenna said the children had spent less time than most inside the classroom.

Being the second-longest-serving principal on the Sunshine Coast, Mrs Kenna's last day on Friday marked the end of an era for not only the school, but the North Arm community as she moved into retirement.

"When I arrived here the very first thing I noticed after the bare feet was the quality of teaching and strong sense of community who were right on to it for their kids," Mrs Kenna said.

"These endure to this day.

"We have a school where the whole child is in focus.

"The broader we paint the picture for our children, the better their academic outcomes."

Saying goodbye to her extended family of staff, parents and children, Mrs Kenna said her last day added to the privilege she already felt.

"It has been my privilege to have led such a success in the school," she said. "Each child in the school has written to me. It's been such a beautiful sentiment."

Mrs Kenna joined thousands of primary school kids on Friday in their final day of school for 2012.

Little preps to Year 7s kicked up their heels as they said goodbye to the classroom for another year to start their Christmas school holidays.

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