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'Building principal' retiring


After 19 years of dedicated service and leadership, Laurie Sammut has announced he will retire as principal of St Joseph’s School Payneham.

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His retirement brings to an end a 39-year career in Catholic education, spanning 14 schools at which he has had an impact on countless students, a wide variety of staff and a number of building projects.

Memorable moments at St Joseph’s include the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations, four stages of building projects, developing Indigenous education initiatives and preschool/early years programs.

While he will be remembered as “the building principal”, even more enduring will be the impact Laurie has had on a generation of students who have received their education at St Joseph’s Payneham under his leadership.

“Laurie has been a teacher, a role model, an exceptional leader and a friend and his personal style has inspired many staff and students,” APRIM Ingrid Douventzidis said.

“We thank Laurie for seeking ‘love in everything’ and encouraging us to always seek and expect the best of our students and ourselves.

“Laurie is someone who practices what he preaches; he never asked anyone to do anything that he wasn’t prepared to do himself, including duties and picking up papers.

“Thank you for your service, dedication and commitment as a leader, mentor and friend.”


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