Courtenay Gardens Primary School: school leaders

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — Recently it was my great pleasure to attend a special assembly at Courtenay Gardens Primary School to present the school captains, house captains and junior school council members with their new badges. These terrific young people at Courtenay Gardens Primary School have been selected by their peers for the valuable leadership qualities that they have shown.

I was especially pleased to present Liam Dallafiore, a former recipient of my community spirit and leadership award with his school captain’s badge. Liam will share the role with Natasha Krzywinski and school vice-captains Ian Stewart and Abbey McGrath.

The new house captains for Melba included Thomas Wright, Amber Batten,
Aris Ilarde and Niynog Deng.

Representing Flynn we have Ethan Van Heel, Mailene Waipouri, Josh Smith
and Danielle Blucher.

Chisholm will be led by Harshad Vadakkepura, Ebony Lee, Sikander Ghasemi and Taylah Grasso, and flying the flag for Bradman we have Austin Aponte-Brown, Hailey Van Polen, Jotish Chandra and Faith Douglas.

Without doubt, this new generation of leaders has been shaped by the wonderful team at Courtenay Gardens Primary School, led admirably by their principal, the indefatigable Loretta Hamilton. Loretta, the inaugural principal at Courtenay Gardens Primary School, has devoted 18 years to providing high-quality education for our young people in Cranbourne North.

In her time as principal, 27 of her teachers have gone on to become principals themselves, and a further three have become deputy principals. That is a clear measure of her outstanding leadership and commitment to both her students and staff. In recognition of her leadership in and contribution to education in our community, Loretta was honoured late last year when she was named Australian Primary Principal of the Year. It was a truly well-deserved reward for a remarkable woman.

Congratulations Loretta and the team at Courtenay Gardens Primary
School.