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Queen Charlotte College’s new boss knows her way around the school

Apr 10th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Across the top

QUEEN CHARLOTTE: Queen Charlotte College in Picton. PHOTO SUPPLIED

AFTER nine years in supporting roles, Betty Whyte has scored the top job at Queen Charlotte College in Picton.

Ms Whyte officially became Queen Charlotte College’s principal on March 1 and applied for the job after the former principal, Tom Parsons, advised her to while he was still in the top position.

“I started this year as acting principal while Mr Parsons was technically the principal and here for a month to help the transfer,” she says.

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CHAMPION: Betty Whyte (right), Queen Charlotte Colleges new principal, with former pupil and gold medal Olympian Joseph Sullivan during his visit to the school in 2012. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Some of the biggest differences Ms Whyte can feel between the positions are the different relationship she has with her students and feeling more distance between the day-to-day decisions of the school.

While she no longer has as much say in the daily running, Ms Whyte enjoys knowing she is able to make decisions which will benefit her school.

“[I am] able to make the call on the directions I see as important for the school to take on and knowing I have excellent staff around me that I can rely on to implement things well,” she says.

One of the challenges facing her is the care of students who may not be in the best living situations.

“The ongoing care of some very unfortunate students who are perhaps not receiving the best of care in their families or have the financial support to make the most of their time at school,” she says.

While she is dealing with some issues, Ms Whyte says she is proud to be the head of the school she has been both assistant and deputy principal of.

One of her favourite parts of the job is seeing how her students have been achieving and enjoys seeing past students come back to visit, such as rower Joseph Sullivan visiting Queen Charlotte College after winning a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

“It is fantastic to see some of the exceptional things our students achieve and the many that come back to visit us and tell us what they have gone on to do,” she says.

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