It is both a pleasure and an honour to be writing as the new president of the Australian Primary Principals Association. In so doing I want to warmly applaud the work done by Dennis Yarrington as president over the previous four years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Dennis during our handover period – Dennis’ knowledge, skill and experience are voluminous and invaluable.
Part of Dennis Yarrington’s legacy will be the APPA National Professional Charter for Primary School Leaders. This collaboratively developed document artfully and cogently draws together what is important and special about being a primary school principal. Members will be hearing more about this shortly.
I also thank and recognise our Executive Officer, Michael Nuttall, Operations Manager, Linda Fleming, and Diarist, Tamara Clark, for their work and support. And, too, my most sincere thanks to the members of the APPA Board and National Advisory Council who have made me feel so welcome in this role.
So – the work of APPA continues. We are looking forward to the APPA National Conference to be held in Adelaide from September 3rd to 6th. The conference title is Leading the Way: collaboration, connection, community. Registrations are open – please register today if you haven’t already done so. Many thanks to the very hardworking conference committee chaired by Dave Edwards.
2020 is the year for the Trans-Tasman Conference which will be held in Melbourne from September 15th to 18th. This joint APPA/NZPF event is titled Leading Today for Tomorrow: creative, courageous, connected. More thanks to that committee chaired by Anne-Maree Kliman and for the collegiality and friendship of New Zealand Principals Federation president Whetu Cormick.
As you can see both conferences feature connection as a theme. Being connected through formal and informal channels and networks is an essential strategy for a leader. You would be well aware that this is featured in the recommendations of Professor Philip Riley’s outstanding reports on Principal and Deputy Health and Wellbeing. Being part of professional associations – and particularly APPA because of its cross-sectoral membership – is a great way to avoid the isolation that can creep into leadership; or to help emerge from isolation if it occurs.
Courage is another of the featured conference themes. It is surprising how much courage it can take to establish, develop and maintain connections with colleagues. One barrier for school leaders is the immediacy and urgency of so much that you do, and of so much that is asked of you. Connections are easier to maintain when they are embedded in our workflow and workload as regular diary entries. This can be where the courage comes in. Other people may not understand the importance of this and this can lead to usually unintended, but powerful, social pressure not to get out of your school to connect with others. Most school leaders will have experienced this.
Please consider these two themes of connection and courage. If I may share some gratuitous advice I offer to emerging school leaders with whom I work: if you’re not in a team, get in one; and make sure it’s a good one. Make a contribution and draw on the team’s strength.
There is great strength in APPA.
With kindest regards and looking forward to meeting you in schools and at our conferences,Malcolm Elliott
With farmers suffering through what many are calling the ‘worst drought in living memory’ SchoolAid has today launched its ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’ campaign.
The campaign is calling on 10,000 schools around Australia to donate $100 each, and in doing so raise $1 million to go towards hay for drought-affected livestock and hampers for farming families that are struggling with meeting their living expenses.
SchoolAid founder and CEO Sean Gordon said: “Farming families are often the last to ask for help and the first to lend a hand. ‘Hay and Hampers for Hope’ is about harnessing the collective power of Australia’s youth to help those who have given us so much, both economically and culturally. If you’re a young person and you’re distressed by these images on the news of starving sheep and farmers doing it tough, get involved because there’s now something you can do about it.”
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Principal Vicki Caldow noted, ‘Lesley is a reading champion who works across the school to develop and implement programs that empower teachers and invites the wider community to support students in practising and enjoying reading.’
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