As a Teaching Principal the focus should always be about the “kids”. Part of the balancing act in a small school is ensuring that what you say you’re doing is what you are actually doing and needs to be in sync. The Small School setting allows for this, and it is a platform to trial and implement different learning approaches that fall in line with current theory. Learning ultimately however requires “getting amongst it” and putting actions to words, which in turn encourages kids to be actively involved in their learning. The old adage that you are only as good as the people next to you sits well for me and the philosophy of sport and teamwork are at the centre of what we do. Whether this is students, parents or staff, it is the principles and values that underpin the real beliefs that promote teamwork, goal setting, honesty, fairplay, competitiveness, perseverance and ultimately fun. During my time as a Teacher and Principal one of the most important ingredients to a child’s learning is the importance the school and wider community plays …………….. not only a successful school but also in developing lifelong learners.