School principal gets Australia Day award
BUNDABERG East State School principal Doug Ambrose has been awarded an OAM for services to primary education in today's Australia Day honours list.
Mr Ambrose has been principal of the school since 1992 and has also taught at a range of Education Department schools.
He said yesterday he had been a teacher for 40 years and thoroughly enjoyed his work.
"In that 40 years there's never been one day when I didn't want to come to work," he said.
"The relationship with the kids is one of the most positive things that occurs during the day."
Mr Ambrose said the students did not care what was going on in his world.
"They don't care if you've had a good night's sleep or a bad night's sleep, they just want to be part of your world," he said.
Mr Ambrose said when he received a letter telling him he had been nominated for the award he was in two minds about whether to accept it.
He said many people did a lot of good work in the community, and he was not sure why he had been singled out.
"I decided I would accept it on behalf of the school and the community and the great things that go on here," he said.
Mr Ambrose said the school was very active and tried to be a community school.
He said they had tried to build a community around the school with heavy involvement with the parents and students and the broader community as well, and tried to make sure the school was a hub for the community.
He said the adage that it took a village to raise a child was something the school worked passionately to have happening.
"We have a lot of outside groups that come in and use the school and use the facilities," he said.
"It all acts as that sense of community you have."