Above: A photo of Sandra Diafas and Angela Killingworth when they were co-principals at Marion College from 2002-2004
This is the fourth and final article in our Series on Co-Principalship in Cathollic Secondary Colleges
Our natural response to writing about our experience as Co-Principals was to craft a piece that would give you a good belly laugh! Why? Because laughter characterised our three years together as Co-Principals of Marian College, Sunshine West from 2002-2004. We are not entirely sure that everyone else found us hilarious, but we revelled in each other's company- well except on some occasions when our egos escaped their confinement. And thena little sulk, a little attempt at outdoing the other, a minor skirmish whilst wrestling for authority in a meeting, a tad of resentment at a success the other had not initially supported. We could have possibly dragged up a couple of other adverse behaviours about each other, but we laughed too much when thinking back over the years spent together.
Our advice to anyone embarking on this formative adventure:
We remain the best of friends, going on to other Principalships and loving those as well. We missed each other - sometimes consumed by the loneliness of life as a solo Principal. We very often rung each other for advice and of course for a laugh. Co-Principalship provided deep insights into ourselves and each other. We learned so much from each other and along the way, lead Marian College effectively.
About the authors:
Sandra Diafas retired as a principal after 15 years in a variety of roles. She is taking a break at the moment prior to pursuing other interests in near future
Angela Killingsworth finished as a principal a few years ago and worked for the CEO Sandhurst before commencing her own consultancy - "Off Me Farm". She is avialable to assist principals in the many challenges that present themselves and can be contacted on 0400 904130 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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