Cooma 'centre of universe' for new school principal

It's "onwards and upwards" at St Patrick's Parish School, in the words of the new principal Frances Robertson.

"It's my new catchphrase," she said.

Mrs Robertson has taken on the job from former principal Phil Stubbs who retired at the end of last year.

She said she had been welcomed to the school with open arms.

"It's been very positive," she said.

"It's been very much a country welcome. It felt like we were coming home."

Mrs Roberston comes to Cooma, with her husband Garry, from Griffith where she was assistant and acting principal for four years at Marian Catholic College.

She said she was enjoying the school with its both primary and secondary campuses, having taught from kindergarten right through to university herself.

"I am loving interacting with young students and relishing time with the older students."

She said Mr Stubbs had set a good foundation at the school.

"It's obviously been in good hands. It's a very good foundation for onwards and upwards."

She was also looking forward to getting involved in the local community and experiencing some of the activities the region has to offer.

"I've never skied, never been surfing. I can see the possibilities here. I feel like this is the centre of the universe. You have the best of all worlds, close to all important attractions.

"Our goal is to become part of the community."

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