Wayne Humphreys is no stranger to new faces and is about to meet with some more.
The head teacher of welfare at Kellyville High School farewelled staff and students last week to take on the role of deputy principal at Baulkham Hills High School.
When Mr Humphreys began as a mathematics teacher at the school 10 years ago there were just 200 students — now there are more than 1000.
‘‘I’ve worked here with some of the best teachers I’ve ever worked with — fantastic, dedicated, innovative teachers, and the students are great,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m going to miss that but hopefully in a few years I’ll have that same sort of relationship and be able to add value to what is going on at Baulkham Hills as well.
‘‘It’s a selective school, so you have a lot of high-powered academic kids with high level expectations both from them and their parents. It’s going to be different.
‘‘I see schools are all like ice-cream, they’re just different flavours.
‘‘We all do the same job but we need to do it in a way that suits our student body.’’
Mr Humphreys left at the end of term three to not disrupt his two HSC maths classes.
Over the years he has organised activities such as a resilience program for year 7 students — where students discuss goals, cyberbullying, drugs and other topics — soapbox derby races and pirate-themed charity days.
‘‘I had the opportunity to set the tone in the welfare portfolio at Kellyville,’’ Mr Humphreys said.
‘‘That was my highlight: being able to work with a fantastic team of teachers and really effect positive change,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a two-way street with the students. If you respect and show genuine concern and compassion for them they show it straight back to you.’’’