Ballarat Secondary College principal Paul Rose has always believed that public education is central to a just society.
One of Victoria’s strongest voices for public schools, Mr Rose retired yesterday, marking the end of an era for education in Ballarat.
In his 42 years as an educator, including 21 as a school principal, Mr Rose has worked as a drama and English teacher and taught at schools in the north of Melbourne, Ballarat and northern Wimmera.
“Education really does make a difference and when you put your heart and soul into it you can be the most magnificent changers of young peoples’ lives,” Mr Rose said.
“I have been honoured to be the principal for Ballarat Secondary College, which I helped to establish in 1993 and 1994.
“I’ve worked for 22 years in this community with great teachers who are committed to low socioeconomic kids. I leave the college with a great sense of pride and satisfaction in the work and all the staff and school leaders have established.”
When he was appointed principal of the college in 2005, Mr Rose determined to put the student at the centre of everything the school did.
Until recently, Mr Rose convened the Australian Education Union’s Principal Class Association, the largest principal organisation in Victoria.
Mr Rose is the recipient of a National Excellence in Teaching Award and an Outstanding School Leadership Award in the Grampians Region and was a member of the winning team in the Victorian Teacher of the Year Awards in 2006.
He is looking forward to travelling with his wife and becoming involved with theatre