FROM milking cows on the family farm at Simpson to teaching in New York state and Singapore, Peter Morgan has broad experience which he will bring to Warrnambool as the new principal of Emmanuel College next year.
The 49-year-old has been appointed to replace Philip Morison, who leaves in December after 10 years in the role.
Western Victoria is familiar territory to Mr Morgan, who was a boy when his family moved from Gippsland to take up a dairy farm in the Heytesbury Settlement district.
“I’m very familiar with the traditional family farming lifestyle,” he told The Standard yesterday.
“I went to school in Timboon, Simpson and Camperdown.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to move to a great school in Warrnambool.
“My wife Marie and I holiday in the area regularly and like Warrnambool a lot.”
For the past 10 years Mr Morgan has been deputy principal of Sacred Heart College Geelong, a large girls’ school conducted by the Sisters of Mercy with an enrolment of 1350. Emmanuel’s enrolment this year is 1224 and a third campus opened this term as the first stage of a master plan to take 1500 students in the next 20 years.
Mr Morgan’s teaching and management skills developed from stints at Camperdown’s Catholic Regional College, St Josephs College, Geelong, Sacred Heart College, a short-term contract in the US and three years in Singapore.
Outside school hours he has a keen interest in the arts and architecture.
His wife was also a teacher and is now involved in community work with the St Therese Catholic parish at Grovedale and Torquay.
Mr Morison will take up his new post as principal of Mount Lilydale Mercy College in January.