Episode 15 – Leading on the Currency of Passion with Catherine Clark – CEO Netball Queensland

Cath Clark is from a family of educators however pursued a career in elite sports. In this podcast she shares her insights into leadership in a world where ego is vital for success, but so too is humility. Cath is playing a vital role in changing the netball economy in Australia and recognises how entitlement has poisoned the cultures of many elite sporting codes in recent times. She is driven by curiosity and is determined to recruit based on who-ness ahead of what-ness and lift others up as she climbs.

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Episode 14 – Why a Regional School is a Destination for Leaders with Simon Lees – Head of Toowoomba Anglican School

Are you an aspirational principal considering leadership in a regional school? Are you clear about the challenges and opportunities associated with regional school communities and what is required of you to succeed? In this leadership conversation, Simon Lees, the Head of The Toowoomba Anglican School, shares countless positive insights from his 6 years leading an independent school. Simon provides a compelling argument as to why a regional should be seen as a destination for leaders, not a stepping stone.

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Episode 13 – Intentionally Growing as a Leader with Karen Spiller OAM CF – Principal at John Paul College

Why should you work on your career while you are in it and what is the value of having a mentor or a sponsor in your life? In this compelling conversation with Karen Spiller OAM, the principal of John Paul College in Brisbane, Karen shares some insightful perspectives on leadership growth. including the importance of loving what you do, taking care of yourself, using social media to good effect and how to deal with imposter syndrome. This is a great conversation that is of equal value to both current and aspiring principals.

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Episode 12 – Leading an All Boys’ School Schools with Dr. Rob McEwan – Headmaster at The Hutchins School 

How do you lead in a world of changing social values and what are the challenges impacting a young boy’s character development? How do you prepare young boys to thrive as men in an increasingly challenging world? These questions and so much more are answered by Dr. Rob McEwan, Headmaster of the Hutchins School in Hobart, Tasmania. Join me for a series of wonderful insights shared by Rob, drawn from his extensive leadership experience and knowledge.

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Episode 11 – Media Relations for Schools with Ms. Shari Armistead – Director Strategic Relations Independent Schools Queensland

What are the do’s and don’ts for schools when communicating with the media? How can schools establish a productive working relationship with the media to use them as a partner for disseminating their messages to the wider community? In this leadership conversation, I speak with Shari Armistead, the Director of Strategic Relations at Independent Schools Queensland. She has been kind enough to share her extraordinary depth of knowledge in journalism and media relations so that we know what to do and what not to do when communicating with the media. For more information or support on media relations in your Queensland school, please contact Shari on sarmistead@isq.qld.edu.au or Justine Nolan, Senior Advisor (Public Affairs) on jnolan@isq.qld.edu.au

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Episode 10 – Sustainability as a School Principal with Mrs. Robyn Bell – Previous Principal at Cannon Hill Anglican College

What does it take to stay at the top of your game in education and keep on succeeding? How do you apply ethics to your leadership in education? Is education really changing or is it more of the same over the next ten years? In this insightful conversation with Robyn Bell, we reflect on a career of achievements to learn about what it takes to rise to the top and hold that position as an educational leader for the greater good of a community. Robyn is now leading Sagetalk, a consultancy providing experience, clarity and wisdom, through executive coaching and leadership mentoring. You can contact Robyn at robynmbell@sagetalk.com.au.
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Episode 9 – Educational Leadership with a National Perspective with Dr. Mark Merry – Principal Yarra Valley Grammar and National Chair of AHISA

What is happening nationally in relation to educational leadership.? Who is AHISA and what do they stand for? What are the major strategic challenges facing independent schools and what is the primary role of educational leaders? In this fascinating conversation with Dr. Mark Merry we explore the answers to these questions and many more. This is a must for all current and aspiring principals.   Click to listen

Episode 8 – Leading an All Girls’ School with Ms. Toni Riordan – Principal St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Have you ever thought of sending your child to a single sex school? Have you thought of teaching or leading an all boys or all girls school? In this podcast I speak to Toni Riordan, the principal at St Aidans Anglican Girls’ School where she shares a compelling argument for both sending your child and as an educator, working in and leading a single sex school. In this incredibly insightful conversation, Toni speaks about the highs and lows of leadership in education and provides a compelling argument for letting children be children for longer than they currently are.   Click to listen

Episode 7 – The Pathway to Principal with Mr. Gary O’Brien – Principal Cannon Hill Anglican College

How do you know it is the right time for you to take on the role of principal? How do you prepare yourself for the role? What should you study? What things should you consider when applying for a principal position? These questions and many more are answered by Gary O’Brien, the recently commissioned Principal at Cannon Hill Anglican College in Brisbane. Gary shares his insights on the pathway to becoming a principal and what it is like during the first three months. This is a wonderful insight for anyone aspiring to the role.   Click to listen

Episode 6 – Leading a School & Building a Community with Mr. Anthony Micallef – Headmaster Brisbane Grammar School

Brisbane Grammar School recently celebrated its 150th anniversary as a school. This is a significant milestone in any school’s history and could not be achieved without a strong community across multiple generations supporting all facets of the school’s operations. This requires a unique brand of leadership from its leaders not only to lead in the present, but also to predict the future and prepare its culture for the challenges ahead. Anthony Micallef was kind enough to share his experiences as the Headmaster of this extraordinary community.   Click to listen

Episode 5 – A Career in Governance & Leadership with Ms. Jane Crombie – Director FSAC Ltd

What are the ‘must have’ skills on a Board of Directors? How can boards be more strategic and not meddle in operations, especially in schools? What are the predictions for governance in education and how should boards prepare? These questions and more are answered in this open conversation with Jane Crombie, a professional board director, leader and valued colleague of mine.
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Episode 4 – The First Two Years as a Principal with Mr. Craig Merritt – Principal St Luke’s Anglican School

Are you aspiring to be a school principal? What is life like in the first few years as a school leader? What are the challenges and what are the rewards. How do you keep yourself in the right physical and emotional condition to lead. In this conversation with Craig Merritt, the Principal of St Luke’s Anglican School in Bundaberg Queensland, we answer those questions and many more. If you are aspiring to be a school principal and you are not quite sure, then this conversation is for you. Craig gives a very honest appraisal of life as a new independent school principal. Click to listen

Episode 3 – School Governance and Leadership with Mrs. Robyn Collins – Editor, AHISA Independence Journal

What’s hot and what is not in educational leadership today? In this conversation with Robyn Collins, Editor for AHISA’s Independence Journal, I explore a range of topics including strategic thinking, strategy, governance, board matters, board composition and so much more. Robyn draws upon her four decades of experience in education to challenge our perspectives on how well our schools are being led. Click to listen

Episode 2 – Communicating Your School’s Value with Mr. Mike Donahue – Director Development and Communications, The Rockhampton Grammar School

In this modern era of education, you no longer have control of all the messaging in relation to your school and the competition is ruthless. So what should an independent school do to communicate its value and point of difference when it is effectively doing what all other schools do – love, care and educate children. Well, meet Mike Donahue, Director Development and Communications at The Rockhampton Grammar School. Mike’s ideas on marketing and communication are sure to challenge your paradigms in relation to communication the value of your school. Click to listen

Episode 1 – Leaders Developing Leaders with Mr. Brian Grimes – Principal, A.B. Paterson College

It is not the responsibility of a leader to create followers. Rather, it is to develop leaders who have what it takes to deal with the challenges of the future. So what are those challenges? What should we be doing to prepare a future generation of school leaders? What qualities should we be looking for in an emerging leader? In this one on one conversation with Brian Grimes, Principal of A.B. Paterson College, we answer those questions and many more as Brian shares his insights into how he fulfils his responsibility to develop leaders at his school. Click to listen

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