Byline: Carly Morrissey
EXPERIENCING first hand what she teaches was a way for humanities teacher and new St Patrick's high school principal Patricia Kennedy to continue her passion for travel.
Although, Ms Kennedy hasn't got out and about in Gympie much since she started at the end of February she loves to travel and explore and will no doubt add Gympie's main attractions to her list of things to do.
Ms Kennedy has come from a background of prestigious Brisbane colleges.
She was deputy principal of curriculum at St Lawrence's, an all boys catholic school and also worked in all girls school - Lourds Hill - as a deputy and teacher.
But she also has experience in a co-educational setting working at St Peter Claver in Ipswich.
She applied for the St Patrick's principal's position because she loves new challenges and as a principal she will be able to encounter a different set of experiences.
"My research into Gympie suggested it was a nice community and the good community feel at St Patrick's College is indicative of that community sprit," she said.
Her background at boys and girls only schools has given her insights into teaching that are invaluable.
"I think boys and girls have differing and shared learning styles that educators need to be aware of."
But she said young people are at different developmental stages to each other and communication was the key to understanding what stage they are at.
School life then tries to encourage students to grow spiritually, academically, culturally and socially. …