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A New Era for ASPA

The ASPA Board will transition to a new Board Chair at the December Board meeting.

Sheree Vertigan was appointed Board Chair when ASPA transitioned to a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Board wants to express their gratitude to Sheree for her distinguished work to ASPA (as Executive member, Deputy President, President and Chair of the Board) and to public secondary education nationally. She oversaw significant reform and has continued to provide guidance and valuable input in her role as Board Chair after completing her tenure as President and later Executive Director.

I would also like to acknowledge the huge support and mentorship Sheree provided to me personally and to numerous school leaders nationally. Sheree is a passionate advocate for public secondary schools and school leaders. Thank you for your continued commitment to ASPA and public secondary education.

Peter Crawford has also resigned from his position as Company Secretary and taken up a position as Academic Director, Shanghai Jiaoda Nanyang High School - an International School in Shanghai. Peter was Secretary Treasurer of ASPA commencing in 2007 and became the Company Secretary when ASPA transitioned to a Company Limited by Guarantee. I would like to thank Peter for his contribution to ASPA and public secondary education nationally. I would also like to acknowledge Peter’s support to me as Executive Director and wish him the best in his new endeavours.  

Rob Nairn

Executive Director

 
ASPA Company Secretary says Goodbye

In April this year I gave notice to the ASPA Board that my time as Company Secretary (formerly Secretary Treasurer) was to come to an end on the 1st July 2014. I have stayed on whilst the Executive Director took a well-earned holiday in Europe. So I will officially stand aside as of 21st August after eight years in this position. Having commenced Principal association work in 1994 as the Western area Assistant Principal representative on the South Australian Secondary Principals Association (SASPA) Board and later six years as SASPA Treasurer my retirement will put an end to 20 years of involvement in both SASPA and ASPA.

I would like to express my thanks to both present and past ASPA Board members and the ASPA membership across Australia for their support, friendship and hard work over these years. I value my time in SASPA and ASPA and I appreciate the insight, knowledge and skills this involvement has given me. The vast network of friends and colleagues both Nationally and internationally that has developed along the way is one of the rewards of such a position.

I feel very honoured and privileged to have held the office of ASPA Secretary Treasurer and in later times the Company Secretary.

Peter Crawford

 
Report: Use of Alcohol & Other Drugs

ANCD report on the "Survey of Secondary School Principals on the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs in Schools” - click on the link below to read the report.

 
 
Quality Leadership: A Construct for the Future

The first two papers that are part of the development of Quality Leadership: A Construct for the Future are now available from the Leadership section of the website. Click here to go to that page to download the papers. You will need the login details for ASPA Members to gain access to that page - they are available from your state/territory ASPA representative.

 
Brand Public Education - Our Brand

What is our Brand?
What is the Brand of your school?
How does that Brand connect or align to Brand Public Education?

In recent times Brand ‘Public Education’ has been defined by the funding review, which stressed the challenges faced by some government schools, and initiatives such as ‘better schools’ by implication suggests that schools are not doing as well as they should, irrespective of the reality.

Click here to download the complete Opinion Piece.

All Australian schools are benchmarked according to literacy and numeracy outcomes but it is the results of government schools that are more likely to be challenged in the media. In every state and territory other data is collected about every school that may provide a more accurate picture of that school’s performance. Unfortunately the good news stories about Brand ‘Public Education’ rarely extend beyond the local community or region.

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Joint Principals Associations Statement on Autonomy

SCHOOL AND SCHOOL LEADER AUTONOMY

Autonomy …

  • is transformational and contextual; it is professional, operational and personal;
  • will, for school leaders in collaboration with their school community, enable them to improve school and student performance;
  • requires school leaders to understand the changing global environment and to have ‘the freedom to innovate and the capacity to act’;
  • expands the capacity of school leaders to transform, personalise learning, embed partnerships, optimise teacher performance and drive sustainable school improvement; and
  • builds networks of professional support and shares innovation and creativity.

Autonomy is transformational and contextual.

Professional, operational and personal autonomy for school leaders enables them to improve school and student performance in collaboration with their school community. It requires school leaders to understand the changing global environment and to have ‘the freedom to innovate and the capacity to act’.

With autonomy, the capacity of school leaders to transform, personalise learning, embed partnerships, optimise teacher performance and drive sustainable school improvement is enriched and shared through networks of professional support.

Click here to download the above statment in a PDF file.

 

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