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Principal of the Year - Diane Robertson

20 September 2018

Mr MATT KEAN (Hornsby—Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation) (16:20): I pay tribute to Diane Robertson. Diane is the principal of a wonderful school in Hornsby, called Clarke Road School. The school offers educational programs for students with special learning needs from kindergarten to year 12. For a long time I have known this was a very special and dedicated principal, so it came as no surprise when she was awarded Government School Principal of the Year and Australian Principal of the Year at the Australian Education Awards in August.

Diane works 12-hour days and is always putting the needs of her staff and students above her own. With a career spanning more than 25 years, she comes from a long line of wonderful teachers. She first joined Clarke Road School seven years ago and is known for her supportive relationship with the 63 students who attend the school. It is not only staff and students who love their principal; the entire school community is proud of what she has achieved. She also manages to find time to serve as vice president of the NSW Primary Principals Association. Congratulations, Diane. I am glad that the rest of Australia gets to know what I have known for some time: You are one of the greatest principals and educators in Australia.