Kerrie Basha has returned to St Joseph's

Principal: Kerrie Basha, photographed here with students Joey and Madison, is taking on the role of principal at St Joseph's. Photo: Mark Logan.

Principal: Kerrie Basha, photographed here with students Joey and Madison, is taking on the role of principal at St Joseph's. Photo: Mark Logan.

If you think that you've seen the new principal at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School before, there's a good chance that you have.

Kerrie Basha began her teaching career in 1986 and since then she has graced the doors of St Joseph's on two previous occasions.

Her first stint was a maternity relief position in 1987 and her second, much longer spell, was in the 1990s.

"It's my third time and I'm lucky," she laughed.

"It's wonderful that some of the parents that are bringing their children into the school here now, were children that I taught when I was here all that time ago.

"Just in a matter of days I've been able to see all the great adults that they've turned into."

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Mrs Basha said that her main aim will be to connect the school in a substantial way with the community.

"I also want to make sure that the students are offered as many opportunities as possible to learn and to grow and to help them connect in a modern world that is so different to the world of learning that we're accustomed to," she said.

Taking on the roll as a principal of a school as small as St Joseph's means that Mrs Basha will be working hard to ensure that the students have all the opportunities of those students that she taught over 14 years as the principal at St Mary's in Orange.

"I'm bringing myself to this position, wholly," she said.

"I'm bringing my dedication, my vast experience in small schools, large schools from kindergarten to year 12 in high leadership roles.

"I'm bringing my experience of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as I want this school to be a place that people want to come to and be involved here."

With only a small student cohort Mrs Basha says that the big advantage of St Joseph's is individual learning for the students.

"We can offer more personalised learning and that's really important as we head into that higher level of learning and attainment," she said.

Prior to coming to Blayney Mrs Basha took on a role with the Catholic Diocese in Bathurst as an Education Officer for Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding, covering 33 schools across the Central West, and has been seconded to take the position at the school until the end of 2020, and hopefully longer.

"It all depends on the executive director, Father Paul and the Blayney community," she said.

Mrs Basha may have officially started on Monday, but she has already put in two weeks work planning the first stages of the school's renaissance.

"I came here during the holidays and we're already making subtle changes," she said. "The grounds here are incredible and I can't praise the ground staff enough for the tough job that they've been doing in the drought."