18 July 2023

New primary school principal back in familiar territory

| Matt Nicholls
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Western Cape College primary principal Amanda Allender is happy to be back in Weipa.

Western Cape College primary principal Amanda Allender is happy to be back in Weipa.

WESTERN Cape College’s new primary school principal says she’s happy to be back in Weipa after making the move from Townsville over the school holidays.

Amanda Allender is no stranger to Weipa, having previously worked at Western Cape College from 2013 to 2020.

She arrived in the Cape as the head of the residential campus before shifting to the school grounds to become the deputy primary principal under Craig Law.

With husband Leigh, who took over as head of the res campus, they moved to Townsville with their young family.

Leigh moved back to Weipa at the start of the year after a stint at NRL Cowboys House and Amanda said it was the right decision to follow.

“I was the deputy principal at Cranbrook State School and I really loved it but it was important to be together as a family,” said Amanda.

“Weipa is a great place to raise kids and I’m really glad to be back.”

She said filling the shoes of Mr Law, the long-time primary principal, would be difficult.

“He’s left a long-lasting legacy and it’s important that I do things my way rather than try to be another Craig, because he was one-of-a-kind,” Amanda said.

“I’ve only been back for a week and it feels like I never left – everyone has been really accommodating.”

The new principal praised her colleague, secondary counterpart Dan Tonon, who filled in as the acting primary principal during Term 2.

“There’s a really good morale amongst the teachers and a lot of that can be put down to Dan’s work.”

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