Long gone are the days of school principals being a frightening figure you got sent to see when in trouble.
Principals play a wide and important role when it comes to all things involved with education.
They are also that crucial link between the school and the wider community.
The Ulladulla region is lucky to have many great principals and we decided it was time to meet them.
Today me meet Milton's Jason Barby.
Principal : Jason Barby
How long have you been at your current school?
What other schools have you taught at ?
I started at Nymagee, then moved to Yass, Wyee, Mogo and I'm now at Milton."
What do you enjoy most about being a principal?
As a teacher, I was able to directly affect primarily those students assigned to me for the year, but in the role of Principal, I am able to support and positively affect all teachers and students in my school. I love my job but I do miss the classroom - that's where the magic happens.
What makes your school so special?
It takes a lot of effort to make a school great-it comes with hard work and determination. School climate, a cohesive staff, community involvement, strong leadership, and a rigorous curriculum are some of the key factors that determine greatness. but the real reason that Milton is so special - is the 728 amazing students and brilliant staff. Our students are positive, happy, have a passion for learning and are highly respectful. Our staff are amazing - I am in awe of all the things they do and opportunities that they give our children - I simply cannot thank them enough.
How long have you been an educator?
28 great years.
What are the types of issues students face these days?
"Students are facing more challenges than ever. On top of all this, our students in the past 15 months have had to deal with bushfires, flooding and Covid. I have such admiration of how resilient our students, in particular the empathy and kindness they have developed.
What was your favourite subject at school?
A tie - I loved maths and sport. I'm pretty sure my other subjects didn't get the attention they deserved!"