It's not often you get told "to be a goose" but that is exactly what happened today as Calrossy welcomed its new School Principal, Mr David Smith. Mr Smith spoke to Calrossy students, from Year 1 to 12, as the School year kicked off with his official welcome function.
While it was a formal event, Mr Smith, took the opportunity to focus on the most important part of his job - the students.
He told the students that just as geese go further when they fly together and help each other - the same applies to every student, teacher and member of the Calrossy community.
That piece of advice was followed by a little fun, with just under 1000 students and their teachers playing a game of heads of tails as they got to know their new Principal a little better. The welcome ending in a "whole School" mexican wave, with the Secondary Boys adding their own touch of "nice garry".
Mr Smith comes to Calrossy after holding various leadership roles in Sydney boarding schools including Barker College, The King's School and St Andrew's Cathedral. David says his position at Calrossy is like returning home for him, after growing up as a child across the New England. He was born in Moree and started Kindy at Uralla Central School, before finishing his schooling at Tamworth High. David is married to Julie and they have three adult daughters.
David's teaching background is in English and literature and he is passionate about all sport. He says he is a dedicated supporter of the Manly Sea Eagles and remains actively involved in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. A strong advocate of Christian Education, he seeks to promote a School community that reflects God's generosity to people and allows students to develop their gifts and talents.