27 October, 2022
New principal for Gilgandra Public School
Meet Gilgandra Public School’s new principal: Michael Darcy.
He has an open door policy, and is
always up for a cup of tea and a conversation.
Mr Darcy started his teaching career in Gilgandra
many years ago, after holding the position as Aboriginal
education officer (AEO) at Narromine High School for
“I’ve been in the department of education since I was
19,” he said.
“I did my teaching degree externally while I was the
AEO in Narromine, and was placed in Gilgandra after
completing my studies.”
Teaching for five years in Gilgandra, Mr Darcy
was offered the role of assistant principal at Buninyong
High School in Dubbo.
“After a long stint in different positions including
relieving principal, the job at Gilgandra Public School
came up, and here we are,” said Mr Darcy.
Born and raised in Narromine, Mr Darcy is well
acquainted with the area and understands the value of
community to towns like Gilgandra.
“I know the community quite well, I played a lot of
sports against a lot of people from this town. Primarily
rugby league, but also swimming and a few others.
Gilgandra is a unique, community-driven school, which
is something I’m committed to and will ensure when
The opportunities for regional schools can sometimes
be limited, and Mr Darcy wants to ensure no student
He says he is committed to strengthening students to
perform to the best of their ability, and making strategic
choices to ensure this.
“I enjoy working in small communities. Being an
Aboriginal man myself, I get great satisfaction in supporting
Aboriginal students to achieve their potential as
I do for all students and their families. It’s about setting
those high expectations, and ensuring all students get
“I do thrive on the thought of being responsible for
making very strategic decisions around student growth
and improvement. I see my position as a very privileged
position that can have a genuine impact on students’
“I want the same as what everyone wants. I want to ensure Gilgandra Public School is the place for your child to be, in order to learn and thrive,” he said.