High school deputy head moving on
AFTER nearly 3000 school graduates, a couple of hundred staff and 11 years at Warwick State High School, effervescent deputy principal Cathy Rolfe has announced she will leave her post at the end of this year.
Mrs Rolfe has accepted an acting principal post at a school in Dysart next year, where her husband is based with his work - and with less than 200 students, she is expecting quite a change.
She said she was "very sad" to be leaving the high school.
"I will miss the school so much - the staff and students are a great group of people," she said.
"I hope I have made a positive difference.
"I'm just sorry I haven't had a chance to say a proper farewell to them and the parents, because they've all meant a lot to me."
After five years teaching at Clermont and Moranbah, Mrs Rolfe took a demotion to join the Warwick State High School teaching staff.
Within two weeks she was head of department, and after six months, acting principal.
Asked what was her highlight of her career at Warwick was, she said she couldn't narrow it down to one.
"We've done so many things - from the flood relief earlier this year, to the door knock appeal, to socials and formals," she said.
"Then there are the ski trips you go on, and all the success the students have had."
She said she enjoyed the challenge of secondary school teaching and the maturity of the students.
The popular teacher shared some words of advice with any future teachers.
"Mutual respect is definitely vital for teachers," she said.
"You've got to be able to listen and you've got to believe that every student can achieve. When you don't believe you can make a difference in the student's life, that's when you should no longer be in the profession."
She added school shouldn't just be about academic success, but rather about life and getting the skills to excel.
Mrs Rolfe promises she will return to Warwick in the holidays, where her family still lives.