Kelvin Grove State College Executive Principal Retires

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After 39 years in education and eight years as Kelvin Grove State College Executive Principal, Llew Paulger has announced his retirement.

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Mr Paulger, who took a leave at the end of 2022 before officially retiring, considered it a privilege to lead the largest Prep-Year 12 state school in Queensland, for nearly a decade.

Whilst serving as the executive principal of the school, Mr Paulger witnessed the student numbers grow from 2,340 to 3,600, which is an indication of the high education standard being offered in the college.

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Kelvin Grove State College, a merger of the previous Kelvin Grove State and Kelvin Grove State High Schools, is considered as one of the leading education providers in Brisbane. The school offers rich and diverse curricular and co-curricular opportunities for learners, preparing them to take their place in tomorrow’s world.

During Mr Paulger’s term as executive principal, the school has also partnered Queensland Ballet, offering the Queensland Ballet Academy Program, for students in Years 7 to 12. This program is conducted in the world-class $17.5 million Queensland Ballet Academy building located onsite at the school.

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Mr Paulger began teaching in 1984, in Gladstone, before serving as Principal for various schools, including Browns Plains State High School and Redbank Plains State High School.

Mr Paulger believes his retirement comes at the right time for him, for his family, and for the community. He’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife and travelling together.

Prior to his retirement, Mr Paulger received Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association  (QSPA) Lifetime Achievement Award, a recognition celebrated by the community at Kelvin Grove State College.

QSPA described Mr Paulger as a “passionate defender and advocate of public education,” someone who sees school leadership not just as a job but as an opportunity and obligation to ensure success to high quality education for all students.

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Meanwhile, the school will welcome Joel Buchholz, executive principal at Townsville’s Pimlico State High School.

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Mr Buchholz already met some members of the community and observed the end-of-year ceremonies with Mr Paulger.