Peter's 'Lotto win'
When Peter King learnt he had been appointed the new principal at Byron Bay High School, he thought he had won Tatts Lotto.
“I couldn’t believe my luck,” Mr King said.
“Coming from the cold of Cooma where in winter it regularly gets to minus eight or minus 10 degrees, it’s been great to experience a change in temperature and scenery.”
Mr King took up his new appointment earlier this year after being principal at Monaro High School in Cooma for two years.
He has been a principal for six years, after starting his teaching career in 1985.
“Byron Bay High is an extraordinary school where the quality of the students is brilliant,” Mr King said.
“They are creative, mature and independent thinkers and there is a real vibrancy and buzz at the school.
“The students are engaged in their learning and it’s a fabulous place to work.”
Mr King said the teachers were totally dedicated to the students and this was reflected in the fantastic HSC results that the school achieved year after year.
He said Byron High had an amazing academic record and students really cared for and respected one another.
“I have been welcomed and accepted into the school community and my wife and two teenage daughters just love it here,” Mr King said.
“Byron Bay has got to be the best place in the world to be a school principal.”
With 730 students and growing, and 130 students expected to enrol in Year Seven next year, Mr King said he looked forward to growing the use of technology as a tool to enhance students’ learning.
“Generation Y and Z are masters of the digital age and we as teachers are catching up, but the entire school and its grounds have wireless access and every student in Years 9 and 10 have their very own laptop,” he said.
“When these students go to class, they don’t open a textbook any more, they open a laptop.”
Mr King said he hoped to build on the wonderful reputation the school had within the community.
He said the school was a uniquely harmonious one and he hoped to be there for the long run.