MEDIA RELEASE: 1 June 2020

Exceptional Leadership Skills Recognised with Principals Scholarship

The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are honoured to announce the recipients of the 2020 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: Tracey Breese, Kurri Kurri High School (NSW)
  • Harvard Club of Australia Principals Scholarship Recipient: Michael Hornby, Mabel Park State High School (QLD)
  • Public Education Foundation Principals Scholarship Recipient: Paula Hambly, Batemans Bay High School (NSW)

Teachers Mutual Bank General Manager, Alan Waugh, said: “The Principals Scholars program provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for innovative school leaders, that will enable the recipients – Tracey, Michael and Paula – to further deepen their leadership skills by exposing them to educators and leaders from around the world. Teachers Mutual Bank is extremely proud to support the Principals Scholarship and to be able to foster professional development opportunities for our inspiring education leaders.”

“The Harvard Club of Australia believes investing in the leadership capacity of outstanding public school principals – like Tracey, Michael and Paula – 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 from regional NSW recognised by this prestigious award.

Being a school leader is a challenging, testing and demanding role in the best of times, but in 2020 our principals have rallied behind their communities in bushfire, floods and a pandemic.In such difficult times it is important to highlight our focus on innovation and the delivery of quality education continues regardless of where our students live,” Mr Scott said

“My congratulations to Tracey Breese and Paula Hambly. This award not only recognises what they have already achieved, but opens the door for them to build on, and share more widely, their leadership insights.”

 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 came to life in 1966 when a group passionate teachers, with the shared vision to give educators and their families’ better financial options, held their first meeting as a credit union. Over 50 years on we’ve grown to one of the largest mutual banks in the country with over 200,000 members and $8billion in assets. However, one thing has remained constant, our commitment to supporting our members and creating opportunities for teachers and the education community to flourish.

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: David Hetherington, Public Education Foundation

Tel: 02 7814 2805 I Email: