It's the day to recognise the vital role principals play in Australian schools.
National Principals Day was held on Friday August 7 to acknowledge the work and celebrate the achievements of school leaders.
The leadership shown by principals in the Manning-Great Lakes area and beyond hasn't gone unnoticed.
Chatham Public School principal Matthew Royan said principals across the country are dedicated to providing leadership in school communities, especially in hard times.
"Given the bushfires and COVID-19 situations, I want to acknowledge all principals not only in our area but across Australia," Mr Royan said.
"Principals continue to be the lighthouses in their schools and communities.
"They continue to support families as they rebuild and help them thrive and succeed."
Mr Royan was on hand for the official opening of the school's new multi-purpose court. More next week.
Meanwhile, Australian Council of State School Organisations president Andrew Bidwell said the COVID-19 pandemic showed the ability of all principals to adapt to the unprecedented situation.
"This year we've noted more than any other time before the high calibre and immense capacity of our principals through their leadership during the challenges of COVID-19," Mr Bidwell said.
"The strength of their expertise and knowledge bring a significant contribution to the school they lead, the staff and the community it serves.
"This year, the understanding of their school community and relationships they have built has been critical to the continuity of education across the nation."
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