Andrew Kent passes on the baton at Orange Christian School

IN WITH THE NEW: Incoming Orange Christian School business manager Gillian Burmeister has big shoes to fill after taking over the role from Andrew Kent. Photo: STEVE GOSCH                                                                                                                                                      0801sgchristian2

IN WITH THE NEW: Incoming Orange Christian School business manager Gillian Burmeister has big shoes to fill after taking over the role from Andrew Kent. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0801sgchristian2

FOR more than eight years Andrew Kent has been a vital contributor to Orange Christian School’s growth and continued success.

Friday was the end of an era for both the school and their business manager Mr Kent, who said goodbye to colleagues and students and welcomed Gillian Burmeister to the role.

Mr Kent said it was with a heavy heart he said goodbye but he was extremely proud of what he’d achieved in his time with the school.

“I’ve loved absolutely every minute of my time here,” he said. “There’s two things that really stand out - you’re not only in charge of the nuts and bolts when it comes to the finance side of things, but the ultimate outcome is to help all the students - everything we all do here is essentially for the kids and I’m really happy to have been a part of that.”

Mr Kent said it had been a privilege to watch the students flourish during his tenure at the school, and was also proud to be involved in several major projects that brought the school into the 21st century.

“The change in resources in my time at the school have been incredible,” he said. “I’ve seen the school gain additional land, new buildings, a new library and lots of other great things.”

Mrs Burmeister admitted she would have huge shoes to fill but was really looking forward to the challenge.

“I come from Parkes Christian School where I was their business manager for the past 12 years, so I do have a bit of experience,” she said.

“Obviously this is a much bigger school in a new region, so it’s very exciting.”

Mrs Burmeister is keen to play a big role in the building of the new trade skill centre and is eager to help build and essentially grow the school’s new TVET course, which is available for people who don’t want to go to university.

“Most of all I’m looking forward to connecting with the community and the children,” she added.

luke.schuyler@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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