If you cannot view this email follow this link. To unsubscribe click here.

A newsletter of Principals Australia Institute

Issue 1: February 2016


From the new CEO


Welcome to the first edition of our eNewsletter for 2016! I am pleased to communicate with you as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Great schools have great leaders and our commitment to provide professional learning for school leaders and staff resumed with the new school year. We are starting our year with a market research study to better meet your needs. I invite you to participate in focus groups and surveys that we are undertaking.

Our staff are working with schools in each state and territory to deliver the Federal Government-funded mental health wellbeing initiatives for students, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters. I encourage you to look out for the training workshops we offer face-to-face and online, and book into sessions during Term 1.

We value the insights that our stakeholders provide to guide the work of the Institute and meet the needs of school leaders. During the next few months, we will consult with principals’ associations to gather perspectives about professional learning initiatives for leaders. Consultations will also assist with developing Australian Principal Certification and the delivery of KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters.

I look forward to meeting some of you in the near future as we seek to support the best outcomes possible for Australia’s schools, school leaders and students.

2016 is shaping up to be a dynamic, volatile and exciting year. On behalf of the staff at Principals Australia Institute, I wish you all well for the school year and the work you undertake to make a difference to your students.

Paul Geyer
Chief Executive Officer


Student mental health and wellbeing - a priority in 2016


Principals Australia Institute delivers quality professional learning events and support to help schools implement KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters.

Join the growing number of schools improving student mental health and wellbeing by registering for a free event near you.


Our professional learning events for schools

We have scheduled many professional learning events throughout Terms 1 and 2 to support schools about to start or are continuing with the KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters frameworks. Our Project Officers will visit more regional and remote areas to ensure that all schools can access KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters and receive implementation support.

Tailored workshops for principals’ associations

Principals Australia Institute offers free and tailored KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters leadership briefings and workshops to principals’ associations during their meetings and at professional development days.


More schools now implementing MindMatters

MindMatters supports secondary schools to develop a mental health strategy that focuses on promotion, prevention, and early intervention. Join over 890 secondary schools implementing the flexible framework and access free professional learning events, online modules, facilitator guides, resources, and implementation support.

Visit the MindMatters event calendar to register for an event near you. For more information, email us or call 11800 1 724 724.


KidsMatter Primary continues to expand

Join over 2790 schools implementing an evidence-based and whole school approach in improving student mental health.

Register for any of our 88 scheduled events for Terms 1 and 2 to get started or progress to the next component.  To find out more about implementation support or additional events near you, email us or call 1800 543 767.


John Laing Professional Development Awards 2015

The Awards celebrate principals in primary and secondary schools in government, Catholic and Independent school communities. Each recipient of the Awards in 2015 made a significant contribution to the professional learning of colleagues and to improving outcomes for students. The last Award event was held in Tasmania on 4 December 2015.

Congratulations to the following 31 school leaders who received John Laing Awards in 2015:

  • Mr Chris Bartlett, Principal, Mater Dei Primary School, Toowoomba, QLD
  • Joy Bedford, Principal, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, SA
  • Doug Booth, former Principal, now Principal Advisor, Student-centred Funding, Department of Education, WA;
  • Paul Clegg, Head of Primary, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, QLD
  • Phil Clinkaberry, Principal, Killara Primary School, Vic
  • Pauline Coghlan, former Principal, Executive role in Department of Education as an Expert Review Group Director, WA
  • John Emms, Principal, La Salle Academy, Lithgow, NSW
  • Leonie Falland, Principal, Carlton R-9 School, Port Augusta, SA
  • Suzanne Fern, Principal, St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Lismore, NSW
  • Suzanne Fisher, Principal, Humpty Doo Primary School, NT
  • Anne Fry, before taking up Principal at St Vincent’s College, Sydney, Term 2, 2015, Principal in Catholic schools, WA
  • Christine Hatzi, Former Principal, Department for Education and Child Development Education Director, Southern Adelaide area, SA
  • Hylton Hayes, Former Principal, now Regional Director for Palmerston & Rural Region, Department of Education, NT
  • Michael Josey, Principal, Benowa State School, QLD
  • Howard Kelly, Head of Junior School, Camberwell Grammar School, VIC
  • The late John Livingston, Principal, Kirwan State High School, Townsville, QLD
  • Karen Maraga, Principal, Regentville Public School, NSW
  • Liliana Mularczyk, Principal, Merrylands High School, NSW
  • Greg Morgan, Principal, Riverside High School, TAS
  • Richard Mucha, Principal, Principal of St Mary’s Primary School, Hastings, VIC
  • Bernard Neal, Principal, Galen College, Wangaratta, VIC
  • Panayoula Parha, Principal, Norwood Morialta High School, SA
  • Sue Peddlesden, Principal, Gleneagles Secondary College, VIC
  • Judy Pill, Retired Principal (Dec 2014) with 40 years of service to education, Tasmania
  • Kevin Richardson, Principal, Immanuel College, SA
  • Sally Ruston, Head, Abbotsleigh Junior School, NSW
  • Paul Sheedy, Principal of St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Coburg, VIC
  • Brendan Spillane, Education Consultant, former Principal in Catholic schools, WA
  • Carin Symonds, Principal, Jingili Primary School, NT
  • Dr Kerrie Tuite, Principal, Mount Alvernia College, Brisbane, QLD
  • Richard Wright, Head of Junior School, Christchurch College, WA



Our programs in the media


How mental health aware is your school?

Brett McDermott is a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Queensland and member of the board of beyondblue.

His advice for principals is to consider the KidsMatter program that “thousands of schools are already using”. 

Read the full article.


An interesting resource

New app makes seeking help a goal for teens

A new app, Goalzie, has been developed to promote the ideas of getting help from peers, developing a positive social network and setting and achieving goals.

The app was developed by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the University of South Australia in conjunction with the Western Sydney University, Zuni and the Queensland University of Technology, along with a group of young people in co-creation workshops.


For your calendar


Happiness & its causes, 2-3 April 2016

The action packed program is designed to suit individuals and professionals in health care, education, psychology and mental health, and business.



EduTech, 30 May – 1 June 2016

EduTech is Asia-Pacific and Southern Hemisphere’s largest education event. It consists of one large exhibition and eight parallel conferences covering the entire learning life-cycle.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Forward icon