Principal appointed to new lower north shore primary school

An experienced local principal who lives in the area has been appointed to head the new lower north shore primary school, which opens next year.

Unity Taylor-Hill, who is currently the principal at Killara Public School, will start in the role from day one Term 4 2015, working out of the temporary school site at Crows Nest TAFE until the new school in Anzac Avenue, Cammeray is completed.

Parents whose children will attend the school were on the panel that selected the new principal.

Mrs Taylor-Hill said the opportunity to establish, lead and grow a new school was a terrific once-in-a-career opportunity.

"To be able to build a strong school community from the ground up, and to establish the culture and develop a really positive school environment is exciting," said Mrs Taylor-Hill.

Mrs Taylor-Hill was a top performing education graduate who began her teaching career at South Coogee Public School.

Within three years she was promoted to relieving assistant principal, and two years later confirmed in the role while she completed a Masters of Education, focusing on curriculum and teaching.

She later moved to North Sydney Demonstration School as assistant principal, leading its gifted and talented program, before being appointed principal at Killara Public School.

At Killara, she oversaw significant growth of the school and placed a strong emphasis on teacher professional learning and development to improve student performance.

Mrs Taylor-Hill has extensive experience teaching grades kindergarten through to year six, and prides herself on personally knowing every child and their family – a practice she will continue at the new school.

Her vision for the school is for future-focused learning.

"I want to build a really strong, cohesive, positive school community that focuses on providing educational opportunities that children need to succeed in the 21st century," she added.

"Classrooms will focus on critical and creative thinking, embedding technology that provides opportunities for children to collaborate both locally and globally, and developing really strong communication skills.

"My focus will be on recruiting a team of teachers with expert classroom teaching practices."

Parents of children who will attend the new school next year will have an opportunity to meet Mrs Taylor-Hill at a community meeting to be held at Crows Nest TAFE 149 West Street, Crows Nest on Wednesday 7 October at 7pm.

Parent/carers interested in finding out if they are in the catchment for the new school, or seeking to enrol, are encouraged to visit www.schools.nsw.edu.au/nlnsps.

The school will open with kindergarten students for the first year, and grow to accommodate all years.

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