Coolum State School says farewell to Principal Ryan

Competing in the Coolum State School colour run alongside Ninderry MP Dan Purdie. 

IT WAS a bittersweet day on Friday, June 21 as Coolum State School said goodbye to their Principal of four years Mr Anthony Ryan who was given a celebratory send-off.  

During his four years at the school, Mr Ryan was known for his colourful costumes of many colours, his entertaining style and his big and happy smile.  

A whole school parade took the time to formally thank Mr Ryan for his time at the school where many photos were shown showcasing Mr Ryan’s time at the school and then the AllStarz Dance Team performed their ‘cheer’ routine followed by a performance from the staff rock band.  

Praise for Mr Ryan came from far and wide with Ninderry MP Dan Purdie publicly thanking Mr Ryan for his hard work.  

“I know I can speak on behalf of our community when I say he will be sorely missed.  

“He arrived with big shoes to fill, but as he hangs up his hat to embark on a new role with Education Qld, he will leave behind a fantastic legacy.  

“Anthony has led the school through a major period of renewal and transformation, with the new Masterplan to herald some exciting new developments for this wonderful school.” 

Arriving in the midst of COVID, Mr Ryan stated that it was definitely four years with many challenges including major floods and lockdowns, but he regards Coolum as one of the best schools.  

“It has definitely been a highlight of my career working at Coolum.  

“The community here is such a great one and it is focused on getting the best out of the kids, and I know that it is the best school in Australia, if not the world!” 

Mr Ryan leaves behind many great legacies with the reading initiative, ‘Paint The Town Read’ one he is especially proud of, and he hopes to be back for both that event and the Coolum Carnival as a guest.  

New principal Shannyn Taylor has moved from Cooroy State School and will be on deck from the start of term 3.  

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