WITH A heavy heart, St Mary's Catholic College principal Michael Nayler will farewell to a community he has come to love.
A passion for education and the South Burnett community has kept Mr Nayler away from his family for the past four years but he believes it is time to move on.
"I love being at St Mary's and I love being in Kingaroy but I've been away from my family for a long time," he said.
Mr Nayler will take up the principal position at St Michael's College, Merrimac, on the Gold Coast.
Joining the team at St Mary's is Bundaberg's Shalom College deputy principal Angela Myles, who will move to Kingaroy with her husband and young daughter.
Mrs Myles, who grew up in a small town in central-west NSW, is ecstatic to be back in a close-knit, country town again.
"I was really excited about this opportunity because it is such a nice country town where people work and get involved together," Mrs Myles said.
"It's the sort of community I've grown up in and I was just keen to get back."
Mrs Myles hopes to continue the good work of the principals before her.
"I've got a real passion for quality education, teaching and learning and I love getting into classrooms and working with teachers and helping them be the best teacher they can be," she said.
"I'd like to continue the spirituality and social justice of the place too - it's something that is very important to me."
Mr Nayler said he believed Mrs Myles had a heart that matched the school's.
"I think there is that real heart, that sort of realness that the kids and the school community have," he said.
"The families here are just sensational, good country people and I think that's going to be a big thing I'm going to miss.
"There's something special about that country life - I think the community here has a real heart."
Mr Nayler wants to thank the community for its support.
"The fact that people here welcomed me with open arms and the support and care they've give me over these past four years has been amazing," he said.
"I want to pass on my thanks because it is an amazing community and I will miss it very much."
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