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A long-serving former principal of one of the Coast’s leading private schools is being remembered for her “significant impact” after she sadly passed away.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School yesterday said it was “deeply saddened” to share the news about the highly respected Maria Woods.

Current principal Anna Owen paid tribute to Mrs Woods, saying she had touched the lives of many during her tenure at the school.

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our former principal, Mrs Maria Woods,” she said.

“The school was made aware of this tragic news yesterday and has reached out to the Woods family to offer our care and condolences.

“Mrs Woods has had a significant impact on the lives of so many young people during her 10-year service at Sunshine Coast Grammar School as well as the further Sunshine Coast and Brisbane regions over the time of her esteemed career.

“Staff, students and families are deeply saddened by the news of Mrs Woods’ passing and all members of our community are being offered support and counselling.

“This is a most difficult time for our Grammar family but, as I have shared in the past, the mark of any community is not where they stand in the good times but where they stand in times of challenge and strife.

“We are a strong caring community, and we will work through this difficult time with prayer, support and love for one another.”

Mrs Owen took over at the end of 2021 from Mrs Woods, who moved onto Hillbrook Anglican College in Brisbane.

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