Kalamunda celebrates Principal Michelle Cockrell

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 02 July 2020

MichelleA group of more than fifty KCS colleagues and staff from across SCEA’s schools gathered in the KCS Gymnasium last night to celebrates the twelve years of success that Michelle Cockrell has enjoyed at the school.

Michelle will be moving to begin a new role at Southern Hills Christian College as the Head of Academic Enrichment and Extension (Primary).

It was a time to reflect on Michelle’s leadership and applaud her guiding presence during her years as a strong pastoral presence for the staff and students of our SCEA school in Halleendale Road, Walliston.

While many will remember the achievements of Michelle’s time as the rejuvenation of the school oval, the creation of the new Uniform Shop, the raising of academic standards across the grades and a healthy crop of well-equipped graduates, the focus of the celebration last night was on something much more eternal: the hearts and minds of the staff and students who call Kalamunda Christian School home.

Deputy Principal Tabatha Grubb summed up the feelings of the gathered staff well:

“Michelle came to us twelve years ago, became Principal six years ago, had a steep learning curve and she rocked it! She has led us through excellent academic results, and a great registration process. Michelle, your legacy is so much more than academic achievements, though.”

The link between Michelle and her staff was evident, as Tabatha recalled the many hours that Michelle had spent with her staff in order to bring the best out of every situation:

“We as a staff know that we have a school family to lean on when times get tough. Our hearts are better for knowing you. You have students, staff and parents who feel better for knowing you.”

Michelle closed the night with a speech that befitted the dignity that she has displayed during her six years as head of the school:

“It is essential to ask tough questions in order to improve. God has his hand on Kalamunda Christian School. This school was designed to be a beacon of Christ’s love for this community. Long may that legacy continue.” 

Anyone who has ever had the privilege of visiting a KCS classroom during a school day will see the effect of Michelle Cockrell’s affable style at work. Resplendent classrooms, articulate youngsters with exceptional manners and a clear sense of Christian education being enacted by smiling faces who are being given every opportunity to shine. 

Michelle begins her new role at Southern Hills in Term 3.