The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are honoured to announce the recipients of the 2019 Principals Scholarships. The three outstanding principals will travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to undertake a professional education program specifically designed to strengthen the skills of educational leaders.

This year’s Principals Scholars are:

  • Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship: Karen Duncan, Harrisdale Primary School (WA)
  • Harvard Club of Australia Principals Scholarship Recipient: Ann Caro, Lithgow High School (NSW)
  • Public Education Foundation Principals Scholarship Recipient: Jesmond Zammit, Gorokan Primary School (NSW)

“Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to support this year’s Principals Scholars recipients. The Principals Scholars program will help the recipients take their leadership to the next level, for the benefit of their schools and communities,” Brad Hedgman, Teachers Mutual Bank Limited’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, said.

“The Harvard Club of Australia believes investing in the leadership capacity of outstanding public school principals – like Ann, Jesmond and Karen – is one the best things we can do to celebrate public education and improve the learning outcomes for all Australian kids,” Ricky Campbell-Allen from the Harvard Club of Australia said.

“These public school principals are exceptional leaders who not only support and inspire students and staff in their schools, but champion educational excellence in the broader community. They demonstrate a strong capacity for leadership into the future,” David Hetherington, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation, said.

NSW Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott said it was wonderful to see two outstanding NSW public school principals recognised by this prestigious award.

“Being a school leader is a challenging, testing and demanding role, but there is no more important work in our society as the decisions of our principals affect thousands of young people’s lives,” he said. “This award not only recognises the work Ann and Jesmond have already done, but opens the door for them to build on, and share more widely, their leadership insights.”

Department of Education Director General Lisa Rodgers said Karen Duncan was an impressive leader who invested in all of her teachers to ensure every child was progressing in their learning and achieving their best.

“Karen’s leadership, focus on education research and her commitment to keeping students at the heart of everything she does has seen Harrisdale Primary School skyrocket in popularity in the past four years since it opened – she has had a real impact on the learning and opportunities for local kids.”

Jesmond, Ann and Karen will received their awards at the Public Education Foundation Awards Night on 15 May, 2019 at Sydney Town Hall.

Each Principals Scholarship is valued at approximately $16,000 and includes program tuition for one of two prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education programs: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership or Leadership: An Evolving Vision.

The Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarships were established by the Public Education Foundation in 2013 offering principals around Australia the opportunity to ‘reflect, focus and recharge’ through professional leadership programs.

 Harvard Club of Australia: Since its founding in 1961, the Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) has dedicated itself to the mission of furthering exchange between Australia and Harvard. HCA aims to promote fellowship among alumni of Harvard University in Australia.

Teachers Mutual Bank provides key financial services to Australian educators. TMB is one of Australia’s largest mutual banks with over 193,000 members and $6.9 billion in assets.

The Public Education Foundation works in collaboration with the schools, communities, business and both the state and federal governments to provide equity and excellence scholarships for students and educators in public education.

 For more information please contact: Melanie Morrison, Public Education Foundation

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