New boss for 1100 students at Springfield Central State High
WITH more than a decade of teaching experience under his belt, Leon Proud is now looking forward to the next chapter in his education career after being appointed the new principal at Springfield Central State High School.
Mr Proud moved to the area with his young family recently to take up his new role following 10 successful years teaching at a school in north Queensland.
Despite having only been in the role for less than a month, Mr Proud said he had settled in well and was "very impressed with the school and its students".
"This is a well sought after school for students and teachers, so I was more than happy to throw my hat in the ring at a chance of becoming the new school principal," he said.
"I am so glad to be working at this school. It is a real privilege to be working here.
"I have only been here for a couple of weeks, but already I am so impressed with the school, its facilities and its students.
"It's unbelievable how respectful the kids are, which is a real credit to everyone who has been involved in the school over the years."
During the next few weeks, Mr Proud said he was planning on meeting all of the school's 1,100 students and getting to know them personally.
Mr Proud also said the school's enrolment figures had dramatically increased in the five short years the school had been open.
"When the school first opened, there were only roughly 161 students, and now we have approximately 1,100," he said.
"We grow by about 250 students a year, although that number is expected to rise next year as many parents talk about moving to the area so they can enrol their children here."