Creemore elementary school welcomes new principal
Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School (NCPS) has a new principal.
Jeff Dunlop has joined the staff, coming from Huronia Centennial Elementary School in Elmvale, where he was vice principal for most of last year but actually ended the year with a brief stint as principal of Wyevale Central Public School. Prior to that he was vice principal at Admiral Collingwood Elementary School and a teacher in Minesing.
Dunlop said his priority is to build relationships and connect with the community.
He said he is happy to say that the school is open once again to visitors and that the volunteer approval application process is once again open.
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, NCPS will be holding an in-person meet-the-teacher night on Sept. 29.
“That really ties in with building relationships and moving forward together as a school community,” said Dunlop.
He said the school plans to get out as much as they can, taking part in community clean-ups, Remembrance Day and the Santa Claus Parade, for example.
As administration, Dunlop said a big part of his job is about ensuring equity in all aspects of life at school, including sports and other extracurricular activities. He said schools can offer lots of opportunities and he wants to make sure everyone has equal access.
Dunlop also aims to support the staff and 240-student population as they strive to meet high academic expectations, especially in language and math.
Dunlop grew up in Collingwood and said he has always enjoyed visiting Creemore, having attended many local events over the years. He now lives in Wasaga Beach with his wife and 12-year-old daughter, where he takes advantage of the proximity of outdoor activities such as alpine skiing and water sports.