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Case Study - Moving to Principalship from leading a Primary School - Elizabeth McDougall

Posted on 27 July 2017
Case Study - Moving to Principalship from leading a Primary School - Elizabeth McDougall

Around 2% of our Principals move into the role from a Primary Principal position. Elizabeth McDougall from Sacred Heart College Hobart reflects on her experience:

Thank you for your request to provide some thoughts regarding my transition from primary to secondary principalship.

In a career that now spans almost 35 years, I have been privileged to have had experience in both primary and secondary classrooms; teaching students aged from 5 - 16 years of age.

I was the Deputy Principal in a secondary school setting, and have been a principal in a Kindergarten to Year 10 College and at a primary school before I took up the position as Principal at SHC which is also a Kindergarten to Year 10 College.

The role of principal is consistent in many ways, regardless of the setting:

  • Aligning action with Vision and Mission
  • Putting Jesus at the centre of what we do
  • Building relationships with staff, students and parents
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Being an authentic leader
  • Building the capacity of staff and students
  • Having a sense of humour
  • Good communication skills
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