Glenwood’s new principal Jonathon Duce and his Year 5, 6 and 7 students fresh from an excursion to Chatsworth.
Glenwood’s new principal Jonathon Duce and his Year 5, 6 and 7 students fresh from an excursion to Chatsworth. Jocelyn Watts

The lesson is age is not a barrier

HE IS just 27 years old but what he lacks in experience he more than makes up for with enthusiasm.

That is what Jonathan Druce tells people when they query his age.

Mr Druce is the new principal of Glenwood State School.

When asked how it is all going so far he replies: “Great. I’m loving it; having a ball.

“It’s been challenging and different working with more teachers but thoroughly enjoyable.”

Glenwood is not Mr Druce’s first principal post.

When he was 24 he became principal of Kindon State School.

It was a big stepping stone, with the school in a small farming community south-west of Toowoomba.

“The school was the hub of the community. It was very isolated; the closest shop was 45 minutes away.”

There were 17 students at Kindon and Mr Druce was not only principal but also teacher.

After three years there he was given a promotion to Glenwood, a bigger school and the third at which he has worked.

The first was Gabbinbah State School, where he was a special needs teacher aid while completing a Bachelor of Education at USQ Toowoomba.

After finishing the degree, in which he majored in special needs, Mr Druce went on to teach Year 1 for two years and then Years 6 and 7 for another year.

It was at Gabbinbah that he was given a taste of working with staff in professional development.

“I enjoy working with other staff to teamwork together to create the best teaching and learning experience,” he said.

It is this passion to work with other teachers that has led to Mr Druce’s desire to be principal at Glenwood.

As principal, he is aiming to expand the school, which has just had a new multi-purpose sport court built thanks to about $75,000 of Federal Government funding. Work on a new school library and an undercover hall will also start in June.



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