When it comes to being an educator of young minds, Denise Hayward is a veteran. But the experience of living and working in a regional location will be something of a first for the newly-appointed Head of the Kinross Wolaroi Junior School.
Mrs Hayward said she couldn't be more excited about moving out of Sydney, where she has lived and worked for her whole career, to a regional centre like Orange.
The current deputy head of Tara Anglican School for Girls in North Parramatta, who will be commencing her new role at Kinross in January, said the tree-change to a smaller community has been something she was eager to do for sometime.
"I'm a Sydney girl but I do like the outdoors and being out and about. Orange has held great appeal for a number of years for me," Mrs Hayward said.
"Orange is a big centre. It has all the facilities that you need but it's still small enough that you know so many people."
The new head of the junior school added that she was looking forward to being a part of a more close-knit community, an aspect that often gets lost in a big city like Sydney.
"You can really link home and school and the community so much better (in a regional city like Orange)," Mrs Hayward added.
The relocation to Orange will result in the longest Mrs Hayward had ever been away from Sydney but she said she has "always been up for an adventure".
"The thought of being involved in Kinross and what Kinross are looking to do and what they are already doing is, (makes me) feel very privileged," she said.
In making the announcement about Mrs Hayward's appointment, the principal of Kinross Wolaroi School, Dr Andrew Parry, said the school was preparing to farewell the current Head of Junior School, Rob McLean.
Mr McLean would be retiring at the end of the school year after being with Kinross for 38 years.
"We wish to acknowledge Mr McLean's long and distinguished service to the school over many years. During this time he has built strong relationships in our community and overseen the education of thousands of children," Dr Parry said.
"As a school community we cannot thank him enough for his dedication and for the positive impact he has had on lives of so many."
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