Christian college's new principal
NATHAN McDonald was just as excited about school starting back this week as the children at Whitsunday Christian College, as Monday was his first day in the position of principal at the school.
Former principal Allan Weir finished at the school last month after five and a half years, helping it to grow significantly in terms of facilities, number of students and staff and quality of educational programs.
Mr McDonald has lived in the Whitsundays for the past three and a half years with his wife Pamela and their two children William and Ronan.
They are expecting their third child in August.
Mr McDonald worked as a teacher, chaplain and deputy principal at Whitsunday Christian College before taking up his new position.
"I feel very blessed to be leading the college forward into its next exciting phase," he said.
"The greatest asset I have on the journey ahead is an extremely committed and dynamic team of staff. Together our primary aim is to provide the children and young people of Whitsunday Christian College with the best range and depth of learning experiences we can."
As for changes to the school, Mr McDonald said that where the school can better serve students and families, he will endeavour to ensure it happens.
"I have a vision for where I would like to see Whitsunday Christian College in six months, in a year and in several years from now. It is going to be exciting for us to share in this journey of growth and improvement as a school community," he said.
"The college is a growing, dynamic place. It is a privilege to be partnering with so many caring, supportive families in the education of their children."