Community focus for new principal

LEADERS: Kerang Christian College principal, Wayne Barker with college leaders Antonio Del Rosario Jr. (school captain), left, Nicholas Steains (school captain), Ayra Banskota (primary school captain), Jasmine Lacey (school captain), Shaun Davey (middle school captain), Lachlan Somerville (primary school captain) and Victoria Farrant (middle school captain).

LEADERS: Kerang Christian College principal, Wayne Barker with college leaders Antonio Del Rosario Jr. (school captain), left, Nicholas Steains (school captain), Ayra Banskota (primary school captain), Jasmine Lacey (school captain), Shaun Davey (middle school captain), Lachlan Somerville (primary school captain) and Victoria Farrant (middle school captain).

KERANG Christian College's new principal is looking forward to developing ways the school can interact with the community.

Wayne Barker took on the school's top role at the start of term one, building on the legacy left by former principal, Michael Bond.

The former Northside Christian College deputy principal is already overseeing a new era at the prep to year 12 college, with the school holding its first house swimming sports competition earlier this week.

"We held our house swimming sports on Monday and it was good to see the kids interacting with one another. The older students were looking after the younger pupils," he said.

Presentations were recently made to the school's leaders, which include junior, middle and senior grades; home group; and captains for the school's three houses - Adams, Baker and Provis.

Adams house recognises the school's longest-serving college board member, Trevor Adams, with Baker house named in honour of Val Baker, who volunteered as a librarian, teachers' aide and yard duty helper for 31 years.

Provis house honours the college's longest-serving principal, Ken Provis, who held the role for 16 years.

Meanwhile, Mr Barker will aim to work on ways to involve the school in the community, linking the college with programs and services already operating locally.

"One of the ways I want to achieve this is to play a role with the Rotary Club of Kerang's Alternative Schoolies trip to Cambodia. I may even try and go on this year's trip," he said.

"I also want to see the school connected to the government-supported mental health and wellbeing programs that run in the area."

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