Sat 15th December
From the Chairman, Judge Stuart Durward
Mr Richard Fairley has been Principal of our School since 1998. His appointment was the first task I was required to preside over as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
This is Richard Fairley’s 19th year as Principal. Richard has informed the Board of Trustees that he wishes to retire at the end of 2017 – next year.
The selection of a new Principal in any school is the most important task of the governing body – that is the Board of Trustees. Fortunately, the Deputy Chairman, Mr John Johnson, and I bring the experience of 20 years working closely with Richard since his appointment to that task.
The Board has agreed with Richard’s retirement plan, although it will be the end of a very productive and professional relationship between us, a relationship of the highest quality.
As much as the Board of Trustees will frankly miss Richard Fairley’s stewardship of the School, at least our Year 11’s this year will, in 2017, continue to have that stewardship guide them to the end of their schooling.
The Board of Trustees has developed a business plan for this task that has been implemented over the last three months and is continuing on a timetable. We anticipate selecting a short list of interviewees in the New Year with a view to making a new appointment mid-2017. Our School is a jewel in the independent education sector. We are confident that we will attract an outstanding field of candidates.
Mr Fairley’s achievements are too many to do justice to in this announcement. But he has been instrumental in taking Townsville Grammar School to the high academic, cultural and sporting environment our students now enjoy and in which they thrive. Richards’s emphasis upon the importance of academic rigour and performance started in his first year. The academic success of our students has increased exponentially year by year and for several years our School has had a reputation as a highly accomplished academic school. That outstanding contribution to the success of the School is one that each of you, as students, parents, staff and other members of our School community will have valued and will, no doubt, continue to value very highly.
I will ensure that in 2017 the whole School community will have ample opportunities to celebrate Richard’s tenure as Principal.
I know all of you will wish Richard and Nina the best for a contented and happy, but no doubt busy, retirement after Richard completes his 20th year as Principal in December 2017.
Judge Stuart Durward SC
Chairman, Board of Trustees