Principal recognised for school yard effort

DONALD Primary School principal Danny Forrest is a school yard warrior. 

Well-known for his sense of humour, Mr Forrest is committed to helping each of his students recognise what they do best and encourage them to give it everything their all.

It is no wonder then, that Mr Forrest was one of 10 teachers across the country selected through the A Day Made Better Campaign to receive an iPad and arts, craft and stationary supplies worth $2000 from OfficeMax.

Mr Forrest, who has been principal of the school for about 10 years, said it was an honour and he was humbled to be recognised through the campaign. 

"(Our school) prides itself on being a strong part of the community and what it does for the community. It's not just about getting the community to help us but us doing things to help them," he said. 

"This is something we try and promote to the kids. We are a small country town. We need support from everyone.

"I feel the award not only recognises myself but our school as a whole."

Mr Forrest said the school prided itself on having its students best interests at heart at all times.  

"Every kid can be successful. I think we need to move away from judging kids purely on academic standards. I think maths, writing and reading is important but so is student's health and wellbeing," he said. 

The campaign recognises the extra efforts teachers go to for their students and communities.

Essendon Football Club player Joe Daniher presented the award to Mr Forrest - a passionate club supporter.

Mr Forrest said he knew a visit from Daniher had been organised but he did not know it was part of the award.

"He talked to the kids and they really enjoyed it but then he turned around and said, "we are here for you"," he said. 

"It was amazing and a big shock." 

OfficeMax Australia general manager of schools and local area markets Rob Moschetti said the judging process was difficult.

"While we are so fortunate to have such high calibre teachers in this country, it made the judging process very difficult. The panel is comprised of a cross section of esteemed practitioners from the teaching industry and we all agreed that Mr Forrest was an outstanding candidate," he said.

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