Previously the deputy principal to George Rasmussen, Yaqona will now be balancing the top job with fulltime teaching responsibilities, and is excited for the year ahead.
“As any teacher will tell you, the start of the year is when you have big dreams, but the key is to follow through and make sure they happen,” he says.
The first item on that list is the new school building that is expected to open by the middle of the year. The school will also hopefully be expanding to add a Year 12, and eventually Year 13.
But the most exciting part, Yaqona says, is welcoming the students back to school – especially those in their first year out of primary school.
“The most exciting part about the first day is seeing our young new Year 7 students come through, because it’s such a big thing for them.
“They’re adjusting from a primary school setting, which is a big eye-opener, so we’re taking them through that initial journey, which is very exciting. For us, it’s about ushering them into the college lifestyle.”