‘Many stand out’ for Aloe’s head

2017-04-04 06:03
Damon surrounded by his staff at a celebratory lunch on Friday.

Damon surrounded by his staff at a celebratory lunch on Friday.

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After more than 30 years of service, Aloe High School principal Keith Damon has retired.

The staff celebrated with him and his family at a lunch held on Wednesday ahead of his official retirement on Friday.

Damon has been at Aloe High School for 34 years after moving from Mountview High School in 1983.

“Starting in the teaching industry was accidental. At the time there were lots more glamorous jobs, but I decided to apply for teaching on the last day of application and I have never regretted it,” says Damon.

He was a geography teacher, saying “it is the love of my life”.

This was before becoming a head of department in 1991, followed by deputy principal in 1995 and then principal in 1999.

“There were many standout moments for me during my time as principal,” says Damon. “Some of our cultural activities stick out. Having produced plays that ran at the Joseph Stone Auditorium and the Baxter ... Just the preparation and the fact that the children could perform.

“In our hey day we also had fantastic athletics teams. But, most of all, the interactions with the children and staff and the relations we built kept me going.”

Damon says he looks forward to relaxing but also to using his skills to give back to schools.

“I know there are lots of areas where I can use my skills and the abilities I have built up to give back to schools and impart knowledge,” he says.

He adds he is excited for the future of Aloe High.

“The management has embarked on challenges that will take the school to the next level. My wish is that the staff and pupils will take to it and use it as motivation,” he says.

He also thanks the Lentegeur cluster network of principals who gave him support and added to his growth and the growth of the school.

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