Teaching veteran has more to offer

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Bunbury Senior High School princiapl Criage Pettit has officially retired and is hoping to go on to mentor other regional school principals.
Camera IconBunbury Senior High School princiapl Criage Pettit has officially retired and is hoping to go on to mentor other regional school principals. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Craige Pettit has officially hung up his suit and tie after announcing his retirement as principal of the region’s oldest high school.

After 12 long years at Bunbury Senior High School, Mr Pettit said the decision to retire was not an easy one.

“I procrastinated for about three years before I decided I needed to move on,” he said.

“The school was due for a different leadership style and I was approaching the age of retirement.

Mr Pettit considers himself lucky to have been part of some of the school’s greatest achievements, including the school turning 100 years old in 2018.

“I have seen a lot of building projects in my time here which has been great considering how old the school is

“Getting the GATE program at our school and becoming an independent public school were among the biggest changes I have been a part of,” he said.

“Last last year we were fortunate enough to win school of the year which was an honour because we believe in catering for all kids, regardless of their ability level.”

Although he has officially retired, the former principal is not ready to kick back just yet.

“As silly as it sounds I want to keep working,” he laughed.

“I’ve been in education a long time and think I have a lot to offer other principals and would really like to mentor other principals and fill in any vacant principal positions at regional schools.”

“I have worked alongside a great team of staff members and students who I will no doubt miss, but the school will carry on without me, nobody is indispensable.”

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