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Left to right: Deputy Chair of Clarence Valley Anglican School Council, The Very Rev’d Dr Gregory Jenks; Principal of Clarence Valley Anglican School, Mr Martin Oates; Chair of Clarence Valley Anglican School Council Mr Kieran McAndrew. Image: contributed.

CVAS farewells Principal and announces new multi-school group

Clarence Valley Anglican School Principal, Martin Oates, announced his retirement to the CVAS community last Monday week.

Martin will retire at the end of Term 2 of this year to enjoy more time at his Maclean home with family and friends. “I have enjoyed my time at CVAS and getting to know the staff, students and their families; it has been a lot of fun,” Mr Oates said. “After thinking about it over Christmas and New Year, I feel that the time is right for me to step aside and let a new person lead CVAS in the next chapter of the School’s history.”

The Chair of CVAS Council, Kieran McAndrew, thanked Martin for the leadership he has provided CVAS. “During Martin’s tenure as principal CVAS has seen strong performances academically, and a focus on student wellbeing,” Mr McAndrew said. “In addition, recently CVAS announced the construction of a new Performance Centre which is due to begin construction later this year. Plans are also underway to further develop the School’s rural property at Glenreagh to enhance student learning experiences in a variety of ways”.

Further details regarding a farewell event for Martin Oates will be provided in due course for all those who wish to express their appreciation and say goodbye.

The search for the next CVAS Principal has already commenced, and it is hoped that the successful candidate will be drawn from existing talent in both CVAS and Bishop Druitt College (BDC), the Anglican school in Coffs Harbour. “CVAS is exploring an opportunity to form a multi-school group in partnership with BDC,” Mr. McAndrew said. “Our combined vision is to work collaboratively to identify new ways to deliver premium Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 independent education for the families in the wider Clarence Valley and Coffs Coast regions”. Mr McAndrew further said, “the next CVAS principal will be tasked to work co-operatively with the current BDC principal, Nick Johnstone, to explore this multi-school group opportunity”.

There remains much positive energy at CVAS, as the School reflects on some recent good years under the leadership of Martin Oates and looks forward to the next exciting chapter of its growth. “We look forward to sharing the journey ahead with students, staff, parents and the whole community,” Mr McAndrew concluded.