Noosa District State High School’s much-loved ex-principal Max Steven passed away last month.
Staff have memories of a man who was a scholar, a gentleman and a generous leader who was NDSHS principal from 1989 to 2002.
Mr Steven was a supportive mentor for many staff along their teaching journey.
He was remembered for his witty sense of humour and wisdom to appreciate and nurture the diversity within the school community.
Former student and current English Head of Department Alarna Priestley described Mr Steven as “an astute principal.”
“He commanded the stage, which was the veranda of our current A Block building back then, when we had our weekly and sometimes daily parades. All the students had an innate respect for him. Every word Mr Stevens spoke had measure and meaning. He inspired us, he disciplined us and he taught us how to be proud of ourselves. There is not a single student who spoke without respect for him,” Ms Priestley said.
Those who knew Mr Steven felt honoured to work with him and to be guided by him.