School’s out for Sorell’s Andy

Andy Bennett and wife Estelle - the school honoured him with a tree planting

RETIRING Sorell School principal Andy Bennett firmly believes the school is on the cusp of doing something outstanding.

Mr Bennett said the school was agenda setting and would be an example not just nationally, but internationally.

“This is a seminal moment for the South East region,’’ Mr Bennett said.

“We are uniquely placed, we have almost 900 students, 200 adult learners.

“We will have a new school in three years, we are at the centre of the fastest growing area in Tasmania and we teach kinder through to adult learning as well as have a farm, trades and training and child and family learning centres.’’

A principal at Sorell for four years, Mr Bennett said teaching was one of the most purposeful and meaningful things to do.

“Teachers impact on lives and I’m going to miss that,’’ he said.

“You form a deep connection with the people you work with and the kids.

“You get to know families, the stories of most kids and it’s a real privilege.’’

Mr Bennett said his advice to young teachers starting out was to be strong on building relationships.

“Make them productive relationships, be prepared to learn and keep your eyes and ears open to doing things differently.

“This is a team sport, we work with staff, students and families.’’

With retirement, Mr Bennett has plans to travel, spend time with grand children and work around the house “which has been neglected’’.

“Teaching is a terrific job, but it fills your head, I need to give my brain a rest.’’

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