KAREN Downie has spent a good part of her first week as principal of Riverstone High School committing the faces and names of about 350 students to memory.
The former deputy principal of Blacktown Boys High School is one of 60 NSW educators to take on the role of principal in 2013.
"If there's a particular group that I already feel an affinity with in the school it's year 7, because we're all learning together," she said.
"For me it's really important to get to know each and every student in the school — everybody deserves to be known and recognised as an individual."
Ms Downie said the school — which educates students in years 7 to 10 — was part of the Nirimba collegiate structure. Graduates attend Wyndham College in years 11 and 12 along with students from Quakers Hill and Seven Hills high schools.
"Schools are amazing places where everybody has an opportunity to achieve their personal best, and the diversity among the Riverstone community is something that really excites me," she said.
Ms Downie hopes the growth of the north-west suburbs surrounding Riverstone and future infrastructure projects in the area will see the school community go from strength to strength.
"Opportunities for Riverstone High School in the near future are just amazing."