Flanagan’s farewell to 500 kids

ST MONICA’S Primary School in Wodonga has said goodbye to Brendan Flanagan, its principal of the last five years.

Mr Flanagan has taken the role of Year 7 and 8 co-ordinator at the Borinya school at Wangaratta.

It’s a different path for the experienced principal, with Borinya offering alternative Catholic education for students struggling with mainstream schooling.

Mr Flanagan said he was looking forward to the new challenge after giving everything he could to St Monica’s, which has about 500 students.

“I told the school group that after reflection of the past five years we’d achieved shared development,” Mr Flanagan said.

“I think we’ve moved from a learning phase into a growth phase and I thought it was a good time to depart.

“I’m looking forward to the next phase.”

Mr Flanagan said he had no doubt promoted deputy principal Jacqui Partington would step seamlessly into taking St Monica’s top job for the next 12 months.

Wodonga parish priest Father Dennis Crameri said Mr Flanagan and St Monica’s had parted with mutual respect.

“Brendan was a great contributor for the five years,” Father Crameri said.

“He led a lot of very positive changes in education.

“He’s a great supporter of Catholic Education Wodonga, he gave outstanding service and he will be sorely missed.”

Father Crameri said the school was lucky to have someone the calibre of Mrs Partington stepping into the principal’s role.

“It was a good transition,” he said.

“Jacqui is well-known and loved and very capable.”

St Monica’s has been advertising the vacated deputy principal’s position.