Principal has big plans

TONI Thomas sees a lot of opportunity in her new role.

The Bidwill Public School's new principal said working out how to support and guide the school community's vision was part of her preparation as the school year begins.

She said she felt her new school community had a good vibe.

Mrs Thomas also said the school had 470 students who had proven they were not a shy bunch when they were introducing themselves in the playground last week.

"The energy here is fabulous," she said.

"There are enthusiastic staff, very energetic students, and diversity within the school.

"The preschool and support unit bring in students from across the wider Mt Druitt and Blacktown community.

"I've had lots of hellos and warm welcomes."

Mrs Thomas has lectured in early childhood education at the University of Western Sydney and names the transition from early years to the primary school environment as a big passion of hers.

She said she was excited to help facilitate an effective transition between years 6 and 7.

She sees the opportunity to put programs in place with a high school next door to help with that transition.

Mrs Thomas was previously the relieving principal at Lalor Park Public School and the assistant principal at King Park Public School in Fairfield.

She began her teaching career in 1992 and has seen many changes to education.

"The biggest change is probably the effective use of data to inform individualised teaching and learning so that education is more energising [for students]," she said.

"We look at what the child can do [and] are building a story of the children's abilities and strengths with quality teaching and learning."

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