Boggabri schools have resumed with a flourish of excitement as new teachers setting up their classrooms and kindergarten students embarking on their formal education.

Boggabri Sacred Heart school has a new principal and a new teacher.

As the newly appointed principal of Sacred Heart Primary School in Boggabri, Claire Ryan brings 20 years of experience in Catholic education.

Sacred Heart staff, principal Claire Ryan and teacher Tara Langfield.

Claire became a classroom teacher in the Sydney and Wollongong Dioceses in 2004.

At the beginning of 2008, she joined the St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth community.

During this time, she held multiple roles, including classroom teacher, campus co-ordinator and leader of pedagogy.

In 2020, Claire accepted the subject matter expert literacy, EAL/D K-6 and data role in the Armidale Catholic Schools Office.

“Throughout these roles, I have successfully demonstrated my ability to create positive professional relationships with colleagues and communities and implement strategies to improve student outcomes,” Claire said.

Boggabri Sacred Heart Kindergarten 2024. Alice Groves, George Plevey, Kelly Trotter, Harry Rodstrom, Eliza Guest and Max Broadhead.

“I now look forward to building and strengthening positive partnerships with the Sacred Heart community’s staff, students and parents.”

Prioritising student-centred approaches to learning, fostering inclusive practices, and promoting a culture of continuous improvement are among her key priorities as principal.

These areas encompass the Armidale Catholic School’s vision of promoting ‘a Christ-centred inclusive learning community that supports young people to realise a hope-filled future.

Claire said, “In January, my husband Adam and I moved to Boggabri with our two children, Chelsea (11) and Henry (5),” Claire said.

“We have enjoyed our time here so far and look forward to building our life here in this wonderful community.”

Tara Langfield is no stranger to Sacred Heart Boggabri as she taught a term at the end of 2021 in the K/1/2 classroom. Since that time, she has taught at St Joseph’s Wee Waa for one year and then one year in Narrabri, at St Francis Xavier’s.

Tara grew up on a property near Bellata and completed her schooling in Narrabri before moving to Newcastle for university.

“I’ve only ever wanted to be a classroom teacher, I’m there and I’m lucky enough to find myself back at Sacred Heart Boggabri,” Tara said.

Learning support officer at Boggabri Public School, Lauren McMahon.

Lauren McMahon has returned to her childhood home and school at Boggabri Public School.

Lauren has taken up a position as learning support officer with Boggabri Public School.

Lauren’s parents Les and Deb McMahon were the principal and teacher and living in the teacher housing on the school grounds.

Lauren is now living in her old home with her son Sam.

Lauren attended Boggabri Public School as a kindergarten student and left after completing year 6 in 1995.

She continued her secondary education at Gunnedah High School.

In 2009 Lauren took up a position of teacher’s aide at Nambucca Heads Public School.

It was here she found the love of teaching and decided to become a teacher.

Sam started school at Frank Partridge Public School and has now enrolled in year two at Boggabri.

After working for a two-year period at Nambucca’s Frank Partridge Public School the opportunity of coming to Boggabri as the learning support officer became available.

When she has finished unpacking, Lauren is looking forward to integrating back into the Boggabri community.

Boggabri Sacred Heart swimming champions. Senior champions Kale Dickens and Grace Groves. Junior champions Elsie Groves and Brayden Dickens.

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