Springsure State School
Renee Howard is Principal of Springsure State School, a Prep to Year 10 in the Central Highlands with over 210 students. The school has a long history in the farming community – 2020 marked its 150th anniversary, although celebrations were postponed in response to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Renee has been an educator for “well over 20 years” and was appointed to the school in 2009. She describes the town as an “amazing community“; she has married and started a family there – it is now her home.
When we interviewed Renee, as our featured member in the December 2020 issue of “The Queensland Principal”, we asked what advice she would give to a school leader beginning their career.
“You may not feel overly comfortable because you don’t know the person at the school up the road, but don’t be afraid to get on the phone and introduce yourself and make contact. There’s often a lot of wisdom there. I would also encourage beginning principals to join QASSP so they will instantly have a network of colleagues who can support them. I joined QASSP very early on in my career. I think it’s really important for beginning principals to belong to an association that gives them a collegial network.”