Meg Staples has been appointed the new principal at Forbes Public School and is settling in to the local community happily.
Ms Staples has a decade of experience as a school principal at the Wyalong school, and was thrilled when the opportunity for the role at Forbes Public came up.
"I have always wanted to come to Forbes Public School, it has got a fantastic reputation with its stronger, smarter philosophies," she said.
From what Ms Staples has seen so far the school has lived up to everything she had heard about it: from academics to sports and arts.
"The opportunities that are given to students to engage and succeed in sports and arts along with a stimulating and challenging curriculum," make the school an exciting place to be, she explained.
Ms Staples took on the role at the start of the term, replacing Daffyd Thomas who moved to Orange to work as a Principal School Leadership Officer.
She's found Forbes Public not only has excellent programs in place for students, but also has a really strong team ethic amongst the staff that makes it a great place to work.
The new principal is currently studying a Masters in Instructional Leadership she hopes will equip her to continue to build on the initiatives that have been established at the school.
There's already an exceptionally strong foundation in place.
Forbes Public School has just been through a process of external validation, Ms Staples said, and was rated as excelling for its wellbeing processes.
"Since starting here I have seen that every child is known, valued and cared for," Ms Staples said.
"I am really enjoying it.
"The community, students and staff have been wonderful and welcoming."
Ms Staples grew up in the central west, just up the road at Parkes, and studied teaching at university in Bathurst.
After university she moved to Kurri Kurri to begin her teaching career as a targeted graduate, but seized the opportunity to come back to the central west with the role at Wyalong.
She's looking forward to the future at Forbes Public School.
The school year is nearly halfway through for our local students: Term 2 ends this Friday and school breaks up for two weeks.
But the Advocate does have some more good news of achievements from Forbes Public to come in the next few editions.