Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — I am exceptionally proud and a little disappointed to speak today about a truly wonderful educator in my electorate who has announced his resignation, the principal of Narre Warren South P-12, Rob Casamento. J. D. Salinger wrote in The Catcher in the Rye, ‘You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it’. This sentiment is something that Rob has stuck to in his approach to his 30-year career — a very positive and infectious ‘can do’ attitude.
He started at Marian College in Myrtleford and moved to Bonbeach Secondary College as a physics and maths teacher. He worked at Frankston in a teaching unit for disengaged young people before he was appointed head of the Monash adolescent psychiatric unit.
In 1997 Rob was appointed assistant principal at Parkdale Secondary College. Then in 2002, at the age of only 42, he was appointed principal at Karingal Park Secondary College. In 2008 he was appointed principal at Narre Warren South P-12 College.
Rob took over that school at a time when it needed a new focus. Rob was instrumental in changing the school’s overall culture, and the results for senior students in both the Victorian certificate of education and Victorian certificate of applied learning have been phenomenal since Rob was appointed as principal.
It seems to me that Rob has always stood out for his dedication to students and his pursuit of educational excellence. He is a born leader, and the staff have learnt much by following his example and direction. Narre Warren South P-12 College is now a school of choice.
Rob always impresses upon his students the need to be compassionate to others and that if they put in the required effort and take guidance from their teachers, education will provide them with opportunities. He believes, as I do, that education can transform lives. He leaves a legacy of success that will endure. I hope he will enjoy his retirement free of all the paperwork this government has laden our principals with. Best wishes and thank you, Principal Rob Casamento.