NOWRA Public School’s new principal Ian Millard has spent much of his life as an educator.
Before joining the team at Nowra Public, his most recent appointments were as principal of Oak Flats Public School and a six-month stint as relieving school education director – a role which saw him looking after 32 schools.
All in all, he has been a principal for 18 years, mostly in Sydney.
It was the desire for a sea change that saw Mr Millard and his wife venture down the coast to Kiama, where they now live.
Mr Millard said he was looking forward to getting to know the children and parents at the school.
“It’s unusual in that [the school] is a split site,” he said.
“I’m keeping fit going from one to the other.”
With his background and experience, Mr Millard is aware of the inevitability of challenges at any school.
“Nothing ever goes entirely smoothly,” he said.
“But that’s my job – to make sure things run smoothly.”
He is looking forward to the future.
“At the moment I’m doing a lot of observation, then gradually I’ll bring in some of my ideas I think will complement what’s happening in the school.”
In the meantime, the father of five grown children will enjoy the new challenges, with the odd spot of swimming.