New era as teacher scores top spot at school
ST JOHN'S Lutheran School have welcomed their new principal who will lead the Kingaroy school into a new era.
Karyn Bjelke Petersen was formally announced as the school's principal this week, but had been in an acting role since the beginning of Term Two.
The teacher, who has been at the school since 2007, said she was honoured to be offered the position.
"We've all worked hard to create a loving community where family involvement is truly valued and the needs of students are respected," she said.
"Continuing this work while leading our team of creative educators will be a real privilege."
She is looking forward to the challenges and rewards the new role will bring.
"The school has experienced extraordinary growth during the past few decades, undertaking several new building projects and expanding into secondary school," Mrs Bjelke Petersen said.
"I can't wait to see what the next few years bring."
The school council's chairman Warren Layt said Mrs Bjelke Petersen as a well-respected member of the school community.
"She has a great passion for the school and Lutheran education and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to her own personal and professional development," Mr Layt said.
"Karyn has a strong Christian faith and is an active member of St John's Lutheran Church."
Mrs Bjelke Petersen's children have all attended the school and she held various positions on the P&F from 1996 until 2007 when she commenced employment at the school.
She also spent many years working for Education Queensland in the early childhood sector and in adult education in the South Burnett.
Former principal Helen Folker retired at the end of Term One after 30 years working at the school and almost 20 years as principal.