New SOTE principal Shane Power and administration officer Kirsty Jeffries.
New SOTE principal Shane Power and administration officer Kirsty Jeffries. Georja Ryan

Shane swaps court for class

FROM the inside of a courtroom to the headmaster's chair, Shane Power has taken on a new role in the community as principal of the School of Total Education.

After spending the past 30 years as a solicitor for a local firm, Mr Power decided it was time for a change.

"I've been involved with Total Education for about 30 years and I saw there was a need here and I wanted to fill it," Mr Power said.

It was the ethics and spirit of the school that drew him toward the position.

"It's very different. Both (law and education) are service industries and even though I found law rewarding, I find this rewarding in a different way," he said.

"It's such a fantastic school and we've got things that are very unique to the school, such as our parent involvement, so we enrol families rather than just children.

"So school is like a community and that's what drew me to it," Mr Power said.

He has future aspirations for the school and said he had the full support of his team.

"I suppose we want to continue to produce positive, well-balanced and competent graduates," Mr Power said.

"There are always new things to get my head around, but I've got a really good team and any challenges I am finding they're helping me through."

Administration officer Kirsty Jeffries said the transition was not only welcomed, but seamless.

"He worked here a bit throughout last year, learning the ropes, so that helped in making it a smooth transition," Ms Jeffries said.

"I was already used to having him here."

She said Mr Power was like a breath of fresh air throughout the school.

"Seeing things differently will help improve the school and I can already see there are going to be some great improvements," she said.

Where did Mr Waters go?

The previous SOTE principal, Richard Waters, stepped down from his role and is now the director of institution for Total Health and Eduction.

Here, he helps promote the idea of total education, including making it available and understood in broader education.


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