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Local teacher bids farewell
by Stephanie Nitschke
As the current school year
finally draws to a close, it
also marks the end of an era
at Loxton High School.
Teacher Alistair Williams will
bid farewell to staff and stu-
dents after 14 years at Loxton,
to explore a new opportunity as
assistant principal at Glossop
High School's senior campus.
Mr Williams, who was the maths
and research project co-ordinator
at Loxton High School, said his
time there had been "fantastic".
"It's been a great learning expe-
rience for me working with so
many professional teachers who
get the best from their students,"
"It's really taught me a lot about
teaching, and even working with
some of the principals we've had,
it's taught me about leadership as
However, Mr Williams said he
was looking forward to the chal-
lenges of his new role as assis-
tant principal and senior campus
leader at Glossop, which included
assisting teachers and students in
achieving their best in the SACE.
"I'm leading teachers to try and
improve outcomes for students,
which is exciting for me," he
"It is going to be a very dif-
ferent job to the one I'm doing
now. I absolutely love teaching,
but I suppose I feel I have more
to offer in trying to lead teachers
and ensuring we get the best from
students as well. That kind of job
has rewards that are very impor-
tant to me."
Mr Williams said there had
been "plenty" of highlights dur-
ing his time teaching at Loxton
"I was lucky enough to run the
Loxton High School continental,
I had a great time with that," he
"I worked backstage at the
musical a couple of times, which
was fantastic. We had a student
achieve absolutely brilliant results
at a maths competition about four
years ago and that was a real
"However, each year is a high-
light when you say goodbye to
your year 12s and you see what
they have achieved."
During his time working at
Loxton High School, Mr Williams
spent one year in Scotland on a
teaching exchange and six months
working at the Loxton Lutheran
While there have been some sad
goodbyes, Mr Williams said he
was looking forward to the next
step in his teaching career.
"Loxton High School is really
good school, it has a beautiful
grounds and wonderful staff and
students," he said.
"But I feel like I'm moving
from one good school to another
good school, so what I'll miss,
I'll hopefully gain over there as
Local teacher Alistair Williams has bid farewell to Loxton High School after 14 years to pursue a role as
assistant principal at Glossop High School.
Familiar face set to
return to St Albert's
by Stephanie Gropler
St Albert's Catholic School
will welcome a familiar face
next year, with a past student
taking on the principal
Brett Czechowski will take on the
top job and said he was looking for-
ward to the new role.
"I am very much looking forward to
it. In some ways, it is bit of a home-
coming really," he said.
"I was born in Loxton and went to
St Albert's as a child, from reception
to year 4."
Mr Czechowski's father and cous-
ins also went to St Albert's Catholic
"The St Albert's story is a very
familiar one for our family," he said.
"I have that sense of gratitude and
loyalty to the school, which provided
the foundation of a Christian educa-
tion for myself, my brother and my
Mr Czechowski is currently the
deputy principal at St Mark's College
in Port Pirie.
"I have held different leadership
roles in the Diocese of Port Pirie,
including the deputyship at St Mark's
College and I was also deputy princi-
pal at Samaritan College in Whyalla
prior to that," he said.
"I have been acting principal at
St Joesph's school in Gladstone as
With his grandmother still a Loxton
resident, Mr Czechowski said he was
"certainly" looking forward to mov-
ing back into the community.
"I am looking forward to re-estab-
lishing old friendships that were there
many years and also developing new
ones," he said.
"To be part of the Catholic schools
network in the Riverland, which is so
vibrant, is also very exciting."
Mr Czechowski replaces Jason
Mittiga, who finished at St Albert's
Catholic School at the end of term 3.
Mr Czechowski has won the
principal's position at St Albert's
Catholic School for 2015.
RYT successful in grant
Riverland Youth Theatre
(RYT) has been successful
in a grant to support their
More than 100 organisations
received State Government grants,
which will go towards volunteer train-
ing and resources.
Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison
said there were 64 successful appli-
cants in the metropolitan area and 39
in regional areas.
"The grants will be used for a vari-
ety of reasons," she said.
"South Australia has an incred-
ible tradition of volunteering and the
Government wants to ensure this con-
tinues into the future.
The funding for RYT will be used
for volunteers to receive training in
reporting child abuse and neglect,
along with Riverland Youth Theatre
Reminder for Riverland and Mallee employers
The Australian Taxation
Office (ATO) is reminding
all Riverland and northern
Mallee businesses to prepare
for the SuperStream.
Large and medium-sized
employers are reminded that
the window for preparing for
SuperStream is closing fast.
From June 30, 2015, medium
to large employers (20 or more
employees) will be expected to
be SuperStream compliant.
ATO's national program
manager of data standards
and e-commerce, Philip Hind,
urged those responsible for
super contribution payments to
employees to start considering
their options now.
"Don't wait until the end of
the financial year to get ready,"
Welfare system rort
The Department of Human Services has
revealed a $23 million rort among welfare
recipients who failed to declare their income.
Federal minister for Human Services Senator Marise
Payne said a pilot compliance program had identified 575
people working in family day care that had not declared
income while claiming social security payments.
"It is clear from the significant amount of undeclared
income identified by this pilot that there are a number
of individuals and organised groups who are deliberately
trying to cheat the welfare system,'' she said.
"In several cases, welfare recipients who are also family
day care operators and educators are using the same
accountants to both hide income and claim exorbitant
expenses under the guise of providing care for children."
Minister Payne said family day care operators across the
country will be subject to greater checks.
"The success of the pilot means the new measure will
now become a permanent part of the Government's welfare
compliance system, with a further 10,000 records to be cross
checked with the Department of Education," she said.
"The family day care sector has grown substantially
over the past few years and it is important that its good
reputation is not harmed by a small minority who think
they can lie about their earnings.
"The department has previously targeted people
working in the fruit picking industry, taxi drivers and those
running online businesses who have failed to declare their
"While the vast majority of welfare recipients are honest
in their dealings with the Government, people should be
warned that deliberate attempts to defraud the welfare
system will not be tolerated."
It is a criminal offence to gain a financial advantage
by intentionally withholding information about your
circumstances from the department.
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