MIXED EMOTIONS: New Gladstone State High head of school junior Lisa Donohue and principal Chris Hills with principal of eight years Sally Thompson and head of the P and C Charlie Charlton.
MIXED EMOTIONS: New Gladstone State High head of school junior Lisa Donohue and principal Chris Hills with principal of eight years Sally Thompson and head of the P and C Charlie Charlton. Mike Richards

Gladstone State High farewells principal

THE Gladstone State High School community will have mixed feelings when principal Sally Thompson leaves and new principal Chris Hills and head of school junior Lisa Donohue arrive.

Ms Thompson had been with Gladstone High since 2007 and established programs that will benefit students for years to come.

She said it was hard to leave but the school was in good hands.

"I'm excited Chris has been appointed the new principal," she said.

"It couldn't have been a better Christmas present."

Mrs Hills will leave her role as the principal of Glenmore Primary in Rockhampton and return to her passion of adolescent education.

"My greatest love is working with teenagers and engaging with them," she said.

"I have the skill sets to value add to the school and help the students have a connected role in society."

Mrs Hill said literacy was one of her main focuses.

"Writing is high yield in helping students acquire knowledge," she said.

"Literacy is inherent in their ability to succeed in the world."

New head of school junior, Lisa Donohue said she was also focused on developing written skills.

"We will be relentless in improving literacy," she said.

"We know how important it is but it is something people often shy away from."

Head of the Gladstone High P and C, Charlie Charlton said the school had been lucky to have Ms Thompson and was lucky with the new appointments.

"Sally has just been wonderful for this school and the community around it," he said.

"We work pretty closely with the school and this year we hope to assist with the new principal."

Mr Charlton was impressed with the new 7-8 building but was looking forward to the upgrade of the tuckshop.



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