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Name: Andrew Baker

Current School: Nazareth R-12 Catholic College

Previous Position: Principal Gleeson College, Golden Grove

First Year as a Principal: 2014

The hope for my current school is: that it continues to be a place of genuine welcome for all students and families, and a place where the young people in our care feel safe and valued.

The Joy of Principalship is: journeying with young people and their families, and witnessing them strive to improve and ultimately flourish.

A Book I would recommend: Legacy, James Kerr

Fun Fact about me: I run every day and have completed several marathons.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: as above

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Don’t think that you need to have all the answers. Build a great team and allow them the freedom and flexibility to lead in the best way that they know how.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “Be who you are, and be that perfectly” St Francis de Sales

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: “What are all the ‘T’s’ on the wall?” (Quote from a beautiful young person on a school tour referring to the crosses on classroom walls!)

 

Michael Lee 

Name: Michael James Lee 

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Current School: St Mary MacKillop College, Canberra

Previous position: Principal, Hennessy Catholic College, Young

My Big Picture for the School is:

A Christ-centred Catholic school successfully meeting the challenge of being authentically welcoming of diversity and inclusion. MacKillop prioritises equity of access and aspires to fully engage with the community of Canberra, Australia, and the world.

The Joy of Principalship is:

The respect and trust given to me by my school community.

Favourite Book:

Fiction: The Langton Quartet by Martin Boyd

Non-fiction: No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Favourite Food:

A hot Four N Twenty pie at the MCG (with sauce).

Interests and Hobbies:

Reading American Presidential history, travel, cooking, following Essendon in the AFL.

Favourite Wellbeing Strategy:

Autumn lunch in the back garden with a Coonawarra red and a good friend/getting a load of washing done before school – good to achieve something in a day!

Advice for a Beginning Principal:

Be available and present to students and their parents and carers – remember that schools exist for students, not adults, but the most important people in schools are teachers. Don’t shrink from the difficult conversations. Have high expectations of self and others. Don’t worry about the money.

Favourite Leadership Quote:

“The presidency is like a soft leather glove. It fits the hand in it at the time. Every now and then, a president’s hand stretches the glove and it is forever enlarged; Washington did this, Lincoln did this too, and FDR stretched it in a way that those who followed him have struggled to wear the glove with any comfort.”

  • George F Will

Title of my TED Talk:

Victory is arbitrary; faith and courage are believed, felt, and witnessed.

OR Social conservatism – the enemy of Catholic Education.

 

 

                        Brendan Stewart         

Current School:                     St Mary’s College, Toowoomba  

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Previous Position:                 Deputy Principal, Ignatius Park College, Townsville

First Year as a Principal:      2021

My big picture for my current school is:  To be the school of choice for young men in the Darling Downs

The Joy of Principalship is:  I enjoy the challenge of Leadership and to help students to achieve their path beyond school

Favourite Book:           The Leadership Challenge, Kouses and Pozner

Favourite Food:           Anything Curry

Interests / Hobbies:    Music, running

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy:       Balance and variety

Favourite Leadership Quote:                 Leaders are made not born

 Brenda Timp

Current School: Mercy College Chatswood 

Previous Position: Assistant Principal, Mater Maria Catholic College  B_Timp.jpg

First Year as a Principal: 2021

My big picture for my current school is: To grow great women who are confident in their ability to make the world a better place

The Joy of Principalship is: Seeing the joy in students’ faces when they achieve great things in their learning or in their co-curricular activities, and the gratitude in teachers’ faces when they know they have my support for an idea

Favourite Book: Anything Jane Austin

Favourite Food: Fish and chips

Interests / Hobbies: Yoga, walking, cooking, travelling

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy: Having a coffee with my husband every morning at our favourite coffee shop before we head off for the day

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Have a chat to at least a couple of staff members and students each day to start to get to know everyone!

Favourite Leadership Quote: “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s that I stay with problems longer” (Albert Einstein)

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: “Children MUST graze their knees!”

Craig Deayton

Current School: Guilford Young College

Previous Position: Principal – Sacred Heart College Hobart  

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First Year as a Principal: 1995

My big picture for my current school is: Successfully bring the College through the major restructure of Catholic Secondary school in 2023, establish the new vision for Guilford Young College in adult learning in the senior secondary college model and guide the major expansion of VET in the GYC Registered Training Organisation

The Joy of Principalship is: working with young people and leading a marvellously dynamic and committed staff.

Favourite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favourite Food: Korean BBQ

Interests / Hobbies: Writing, cycling, surfing, military history

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy: An hour in kindergarten

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Be open to seeing the joys and opportunities of the role. Problems come and go, but there’s no problem so unique and difficult that an experienced colleague hasn’t successfully managed so reach out, build a support network and actively seek out their advice – especially if you don’t think you need it.

Favourite Leadership Quote: “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.” - Joanne Ciulla

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: At Any Price

 

 

 

Neil Aweyn

Current School: Kolbe Catholic College, Rockingham  

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Previous Position: Vice Principal, CBC Fremantle

First Year as a Principal: 2021

My big picture for my current school is: To continue to create a community-centred, Christ focused culture.

The Joy of Principalship is: having the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of your staff, students and families.

Favourite Book: Marching Powder by Rusty Young

Favourite Food: Anything Mexican

Interests / Hobbies: spending time with my family, watching my beloved Fremantle Dockers and West Ham United. Playing Poker.

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy: Give your permission to turn off and be present to your family and friends on a daily basis.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: I am a beginning Principal, so I will take all the advice I can get!

Favourite Leadership Quote: “You can't lead the people if you don't love the people. You can't save the people if you don't serve the people.”

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: The importance of finding joy in your profession.

 

Nicole Morton

Current School: St Johns College Dubbo  

Previous Position: Assistant Principal -Xavier High School Albury  

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First Year as a Principal: Yes

My big picture for my current school is: To continue to build on the foundations of the schools traditions, to create a climate of engagement for all students and all families and to inspire futures of hope for all students.

The Joy of Principalship is: the opportunity to inspire futures of hope for all in the community

Favourite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favourite Food: avocado

Interests / Hobbies: Gardening, singing and hanging out with positive people

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy: Day spa appointments!

Advice for a Beginning Principal: It’s all about relationships.

Favourite Leadership Quote: “To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence … When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book:

It starts and ends with relationships…

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist

 

Frank Ranaldo

Current School: Rostrevor College

Previous Position: Deputy Principal  

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First Year as a Principal: 2021 (Acting)

My big picture for my current school is: to inspire students to achieve their personal best in all endeavours and to become men for others who will make a positive difference in the world.

The Joy of Principalship is: Making a difference to the lives of our boys and having a greater influence on their learning outcomes by the decisions that are made at a higher level, as well as working with individuals and teams to solve problems.  

Favourite Book: Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek

Favourite Food: Pasta (of course)

Interests / Hobbies: Music, gardening & cooking

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy: Make time for myself to restore energy, reflect on the day/week, and plan.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Find time to focus on self-care.

Favourite Leadership Quote:

Its amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit – Harry S Truman

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Leaders Drink First