A COASTAL lifestyle and working at a small school attracted Lavers Hill’s new principal to the role.
Andrew Kohane started at Lavers Hill K-12 College on the first day of term two after working for nine years at Castlemaine Secondary College, two of which as assistant principal, and head of senior school for three years at Preshil The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School in Melbourne suburb Kew.
“I’ve also worked at Belmont High School and am enjoying the chance to be back in a coastal area,” Mr Kohane said.
“The opportunity to work in a smaller rural school with scope to develop individual learning plans for all students – that’s one reason I was drawn to the job,” he said.
“There is a strong connection between the students across the age groups which is hard to do in a bigger school.”
Mr Kohane said working with the community was “a real strength” of Lavers Hill K-12 College, which has 74 children “across all programs”, and he was “very impressed by the school’s facilities” including a gym and indoor heated pool.
“I sense it is a great resource and there is great scope for the school to develop, to grow and prosper,” he said.
Mr Kohane said he aimed to “continue to develop pathway plans for senior students and to provide that individual support for those plans”.
He said setting up a primary program at Castlemaine gave him the experience of working with Preps to Grade Sixes and his objective at Lavers Hill was to “work well transitioning the students as they move through each age group” from Prep to Year 12.
The new principal said he planned to develop the school as a community hub for agriculture, sustainability, arts and craft and tourism.
“The school can be a focal point for bringing together those developments around Lavers Hill,” he said.
Mr Kohane said he wanted to provide opportunities for students to “have a strong voice to talk about issues that affect them and a sense of what can help to build a better future”.
“The other thread is developing an outdoor learning program, like a country program, where we can invite other schools to visit,” he said.
“And one of our challenges is to communicate what is happening here, to the community.”
Mr Kohane said he was personally looking forward to doing the Great Ocean Walk, swimming and “the opportunity to learn about the Apollo Bay Sailing Club”.