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A newsletter of Principals Australia Institute

Issue 5: July 2015


From the Interim CEO


On behalf of staff at Principals Australia Institute I wish you all well for Term 3! I am pleased to communicate with you as Interim CEO, and encourage you to make contact with Institute staff to discuss your professional learning needs.

Our commitment is to provide professional learning and support for school leaders in every state and territory.

I would like to draw your attention to two important aspects of the work of the Institute this term:

  1. The Australian Principal Certification Prototype Trial will be launched on 24 July. The Trial will involve a team of leading principals from a mix of schools across Australia. The Principal Trial Team will engage with aspects of the Principal Certification process and provide feedback to inform implementation of Phase 1 Principal Certification in 2016. Read more
  2. Our staff continue to deliver the national mental health and wellbeing initiatives, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters in schools. In Term 3 professional learning events will be offered throughout the term across Australia in addition to the online learning content available for schools to access at anytime. Read more

Reminder: 2015 John Laing Awards

Nominations are open for the annual Principals Australia Institute’s John Laing Awards which acknowledge principals in each state and territory who demonstrate outstanding leadership.

Please note, Queensland nominations have closed. Read more




We invite schools to get involved in MindMatters:

• create an account
• explore the website
• see what your school can do to prioritise mental health and wellbeing for students.

Read more and find Term 3 events near your school.


KidsMatter Primary


Would your school like a mental health and wellbeing check-up?

The KidsMatter Primary School Check-up is one of the survey tools to help staff find out what their school is doing to promote student mental health and wellbeing.

Access the online KidsMatter School Check-up. Bring it along to a School Implementation Support meeting. Find events near your school in Term 3.


Graduate and Grow resources


The Institute has developed the unique Graduate and Grow kit with resources and tools to support principals, school leaders and new teachers.

The Graduate and Grow Kit consists of:

• Graduate and Grow folder
• Graduate and Grow leaders and guides’ book
• Graduate and Grow 24 information cards.

Order through our online shop.


For your calendar


National eSmart Week

eSmart delivers a series of tools and resources to help schools and libraries improve cybersafety and wellbeing. eSmart is currently in over 2,000 schools and 40% of libraries nationally. Read more


Australian Teenage Expo

Funded by the Australian Federal Government, the event aims to raise self-esteem, confidence and awareness of young people in a fun and interactive way. This year the Expo is on the road. Read more


Upcoming conferences


Australian Primary Principals Association Conference

16-18 September 2015

The  theme, ‘Welcome to the heart of leadership’, attempts to capture some of the complex dimensions of leadership which can become lost in the day-to-day urgency of principalship. Read more


Australian College of Educators National Conference

24-25 September 2015

Share  cutting edge, creative and innovative practices, nationally and globally. The Institute is a sponsor of this conference about what it means to be an ‘educator on the edge’.
Read more


2015 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) National Conference

30 September - 2 October 2015

With the theme ‘Courage & Commitment to Lead 2015’, the conference celebrates excellence in leadership. Read more


Mind and its Potential 2015 Conference

27-28 October 2015

Learn about the science of neuroplasticity …

VIP discount of 20% before 31 July (Use code PAI when you register.) Read more

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