Principal excited to nurture learners

Blacktown North Public School's new principal Carmen Cefai is looking forward to an exciting year.

Among the projects she has on the boil are a community hub to link parents to services, expanded gardening and interest groups for students and teacher training to better use the interactive whiteboards in classrooms.

"No more chalk and talk: it's all about the 21st century learning, getting children to be more independent learners," she said.

"They become more engaged [with technology]. They're not in the class, they are a part of the class.

"It's very exciting to be able to work with the school community to ensure the educational, social and professional growth within."

Mrs Cefai began teaching in Riverstone in 1999 after completing her education degree as a mature age student and is one of three new principals in the Blacktown area.

Though there are differences between Blacktown North — where 95 per cent of students speak English as a second language — and her previous post as assistant principal at Willmot Public School, it is the similarities she appreciates most.

"Each community that I've been in, if you really look they are the same: parents who want the best for their children," she said. "They will help you at anything to ensure their children succeed. They want to be heard, listened to and if you say you are going to do something, you do it.

"You don't make promises that you can't keep."

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