TERRY Twomey came to Whittlesea Secondary College initially on a six month contract – nine years later he has finally found the door.
The popular principal has announced his retirement and was farewelled by colleagues last Friday, August 18.
“I arrived at the school three days before Black Saturday. That weekend and the weeks and months that followed have left a lasting impression. We lost 21 members of the broader school community and several families and members of staff lost their homes,” Mr Twomey said.
“It was a time of bonding and a time of support. It was also a time that demonstrated what a great community we have here. Everyone was steadfast in their resolve to support each other and to get back on their feet,”
“Tragic event like that bring out the best in people,” he added.
Looking back over the past nine years, Mr Twomey says that one of the lasting impressions he will take into retirement is the physical development of the school. He has overseen the construction of the Junior Wing and the Trade Training Centre and will leave content in the knowledge that the Middle School wing will open in the not too distant future.
“The college campus now has four significant elements that cater to the ever developing needs of our students. Kids today are far more tech savvy and have a more comprehensive view of the world that they did even 10 years ago. They need an active and challenging environment in which to develop,” he said.