School principals (from left) Leonie Buehler, Annette Fairhall, Toby Morgan, Willem Holvast, Trevor Fletcher, Mark Scotton, Peter Eckersley, Stephen Curtin and Patti Kearns.
School principals (from left) Leonie Buehler, Annette Fairhall, Toby Morgan, Willem Holvast, Trevor Fletcher, Mark Scotton, Peter Eckersley, Stephen Curtin and Patti Kearns.

School principals go to induction

SCHOOL started early for five local principals who joined 49 other NSW school heads in Sydney this week.

They were attending an induction course for the 54 newly-appointed school principals from across the State.

Subjects on the curriculum were ways to improve student results and the quality of teaching; student and staff management; physical and financial management; school and community partnerships and school planning, performance, reporting and accountability.

Stephen Curtin (from Broadwater Public School), Peter Eckersley (Manifold), Annette Fairhall (The Pocket), Toby Morgan (Drake) and Mark Scotton (Rosebank) took part in theconference.

The State Education Department’s Trevor Fletcher said it was committed to supporting principals in their careers and the conference would cover all aspects of the job.

“School principals have avery important role in our community,” Mr Fletcher said.

“It’s a tremendous responsibility and great honour to hold this position,” Mr Fletcher said.

“They are an essential part of our education system.

“They are the leaders of more than 50,000 permanent public school teachers and support and shape the education of the 735,000 public school students in NSW.”

Mr Fletcher said NSW had the most comprehensive suite of leadership programs for aspiring, current and experienced school leaders in Australia.

“Over 6000 people have completed leadership programs in the past two years,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The NSW Department of Education and Training is spending $36 million each year to provide principals and teachers with professional learning.”



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