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A newsletter of Principals Australia Institute

Issue 4: June 2014

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200 students “principal” for a day

Congratulations to all the students who took part in Student Principal for a Day.

This year’s event – held on June 4 – was a great success with students in primary and secondary schools around the country taking part.

The event attacted wide media interest – you can view some of the coverage online.

Sponsorship from Sherpa Kids Australia helped us to double the number of students participating since last year's inaugural event.

Pictured are Jade, Ruby and Jessie from Ferny Grove State School, Queensland.

Tell us what you think

What type of learning do you participate in as part of your professional development?

A current study, being conducted by the University of WA, is investigating the learning habits of contemporary school leaders.

This study is seeking to understand the types of learning school leaders engage in and what motivates them to seek the learning that they do.

Find out more
Start the survey

Resources to promote kids’ positive mental health


Educators may be interested in some new information sheets and videos that have recently been added to the KidsMatter Primary website.

Rubber band kids  explores what schools can do to build children’s resilience.

Act early and often provides information on bullying, and how the KidsMatter framework can help to address some of the risk and protective factors related to bullying.

Resources on a range of other topics are also available online.

What is “leadership”?

The Leadership Revolution Project aimed to help students articulate in a word what “leadership” means to them.

Students around the country have submitted their ideas. Their thoughts include that leadership is …

  • Being responsible
  • Initiative
  • Kindness
  • Organisation
  • Awesome
  • Inclusive

Watch the latest cut of the video to find out what students think.

Dare to Lead - for all schools

More than half of Australia’s schools are part of the Dare to Lead network. Is your school involved?

With its focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, Dare to Lead’s professional services are available to all schools in the country.

Even if your school has very few (or no) students who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, Dare to Lead can help your school to shape its Indigenous focus, an important facet for every Australian school.

Like to know more? Register your interest.

Free PD - Webinar on June 18

Principals Australia Institute is partnering with Microsoft to help you explore what it takes to lead and inspire quality 21st century learning. The webinar will cover:

  • Latest ICT trends
  • Research findings on how educators can thrive in the midst of rapid technological change
  • How to avoid common pitfalls

This webinar is a must for ICT leaders and anyone who wants to make an impactful use of technology in their classrooms.

Find out more
Register now

Why engage in Principal Certification?

Australian Principal Certification affirms the importance of quality educational leadership and strengthens the unique role of principals to improve the quality of learning and teaching in schools.

It is recognition of the Australian Principal Standard in action. Read this infographic or find out more at the Institute’s website.

Follow @Principal_Lead and join a growing number of national and international leaders engaging with the hashtags: #manyprincipalsoneprofession and #principalcertification

Email the team to learn more or to discuss an opportunity for Louisa Rennie to meet with your executive or principal network.


Congratulations to St Aloysius College student, Rebecca Shaw, who coordinated a peaceful protest as part of her leadership as Student Principal for a Day.

Rebecca, together with 80 of her Year 7 peers, organised the rally to draw attention to the abduction of Nigerian school girls and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Her campaign received attention from the press and television.


There are a number of upcoming events for educators including:

  • Positive Schools - June 12-13 – Sydney, NSW
  • National Safe Schools Symposium  - June 13 2014 - Melbourne, VIC
  • Behaviour in Australian Schools - National Summit - July 15-16 2014 - Adelaide, SA
  • New Territory of Leading Learning: The Ungooglable
  • Effective Strategies for Improving Students Motivation and Behaviour  - CHERI Conference -September 4-5 2014, Parramatta, NSW
  • ACEC 2014 - 26th Australian Computers in Education Conference - Sept 20 – Oct 3 2014, Adelaide, SA

See our events page for more details.


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