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ADVICE TO ASPIRING HEADS
1 KEEP TEACHING Students need to see Principals as people who are able to
operate in the classroom, who are able to mix with and talk with young people.
That's a key thing. You may not be able to take a whole class, but there may be
groups of students you can interact with regularly. For example, I took all our
Year 7 groups at Trinity across a series of four lessons, teaching the science
that informs decision making around drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
2 BALANCE YOUR ENERGIES Being a Principal is a 24/7 job. Young Principals
suddenly find themselves enmeshed in a job that is all encompassing and where
there are enormous expectations – to be a role model, to be a disciplinarian,
to come up with ideas, to be accountable. How you balance your energies
within those expectations – your creative energies, the energies you need to
run operational aspects of a school, the energies to engage with people and to
enthuse people, to respond to them and reach out to them, and the energies
to keep one's own life interesting and buoyant – is a major issue. I have two
recommendations: have an interest outside school; and a bolt hole where you
can recharge free of mobile phones.
At Trinity, we co-located science and
design technology and all of a sudden it
was okay for boys to be highly academic
and engaged in making and doing and
building and constructing. It has been
a great thrill to see scientific learning
given practical expression. Our new
Centre for Contemporary Learning has
also been exciting. We’ve seen boys
settle into wonderful working routines
and using different spaces to match their
preferred way of learning. There is a
real magnetic pull on the boys into the
Trinity’s purchase of 640 acres at Licola,
in the southern alps in Victoria, will I
believe become a very significant site
as the surrounding land is developed. It
has 22 acres of river flat and the rest is
mountain. It has wonderful vegetation
and some very rare plants, and opens up
all sorts of opportunities to the boys to
carry out scientific research as well as to
develop their skills as bushwalkers and
My wife Liz and I together produced a
textbook on human and social biology,
which helped me express my passion to
bring clarity to young people’s learning.
It was the basis of a Year 12 Group 2
course here in Victoria and was also
taken up by Western Australia. It has
been important to us in terms of what
we wanted to achieve in education, and
we may update it during retirement.
NEW DIRECTIONS I've had 40 wonderful
years. It's been a fortunate life in
the opportunities I've had and the
wonderful people I've worked with and
the great support I've had. In retirement
I want to give back to the educational
community. I'm on quite a few boards
of educational groups, and I’ll continue
Liz and I and some of our children are
involved in trying to establish a school
in Melbourne for Indigenous students
from remote communities. Students will
spend Year 7 at the school to consolidate
their literacy and numeracy skills and
to prepare to attend partner schools
or what we call destination schools in
Year 8, hopefully with a much improved
chance of success in that school and
If we can get the capital funding, we
hope the school can start in 2015. We're
using a site adjacent to the St Kevin's
College site at Richmond Hill. Stephen
Russell, Headmaster of St Kevin’s, has
been wonderful. He's on our board
and has offered some of the facilities
at St Kevin's. This is a project close to
our hearts and hopes, and I’m looking
forward to working on it in 2014.
Rick Tudor OAM FACE FACEL served his
colleagues in AHISA as a member of the AHISA
Board for two terms, from 2007-11, and as a
member of both the Social Issues Committee and
AHISA Policy and Practices Review Committee.
Most recently, Rick was a member of the 2013
Biennial Conference Committee. He was a
member of the AHISA VIC Branch executive
from 2005-11 and Branch Chair in 2007-08. In
the wider independent sector, Rick has served
on the Anglican Coordinating Committee on
Education, has been Victorian representative
on the Australian Anglican Schools Network,
and has been a long-term member of Council
of the Centre for Strategic Education (formerly
IARTV), where he also chaired CSE’s Indigenous
Education Focus Group. He has served on
the board of the Victorian Registration and
Qualifications Authority and is a member of the
board of the Conoco Phillips Science Experience.
In the wider community, he was a member of
the board of Anglicare from 2001-12 and chair of
the Melbourne Anglican Foundation.
In 2010 Rick was awarded the John Laing Award
from Principals Australia, for professional
support and development of colleagues, and was
named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary in 2009.
He was granted a Medal of the Order of Australia
Bill Dickinson AM (1934-2006) was
Headmaster of Scotch College, WA, from 1976-
97. He was AHISA National Chair, 1987-89 .
2 Harry Macdonald OAM was Headmaster of
The Peninsula School, VIC, from 1971-91. After
his retirement he worked part-time as AHISA’s
Assistant Executive Officer until 1995.
3 The Rev. John Leaver AO was instrumental
in establishing in 1996 the Association of
Ecumenical Schools of Victoria Inc, which later
became the Victorian Ecumenical System of
Schools Ltd (VESS).
Fr Chris Gleeson SJ was Headmaster of Xavier
College, VIC, from 1981-92 and Headmaster of St
Ignatius’ College, NSW from 1993-2002. He was
AHISA National Chair 1999-2001.
5 Sir Brian Hone OBE (1907-1978) was
Headmaster of Cranbrook School, NSW, from
1940-50 and Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar
School from 1951-70. He was Chairman of the
Headmasters Conference of Australia in 1954-57
and its Secretary from 1945-52.
6 Chris Tudor AM has been Headmaster of St
Philip’s College, Alice Springs, NT since 1986.
Sir Frank Woods KBE (1907-1992) was
Archbishop of Melbourne 1958-77 and Primate
of Australia 1971-77 .
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