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Community Principal

State schools achieve remarkable feats as a result of the tireless hardwork of about 1240 principals, alongside more than 50,000 teachers, who inspire students to strive and succeed every day.

Community Principal is a new program in 2017 to truly celebrate and showcase our exceptional schools to a wider audience, and shine a leadership spotlight on our principals as the genuine role models that they are.

Community Principal encourages state schools to invite a local business, sport or community leader to job-shadow the principal for a day, or even a few hours.

What's involved?

The Community Principal can meet with students, staff and parents, participate in a special assembly, visit classrooms, undertake tuckshop shifts and playground duties, for a first-hand glimpse to the challenges and highlights.

The objective of Community Principal is to demonstrate some of the highlight the exceptional work of principals and staff to a respected member of the community, forge and strengthen school-community partnerships, and demonstrate the exciting programs that each school delivers.

Community Principal also gives the participants a far greater insight and appreciation into what is involved in running a school, and allows students and staff the chance to interact with role models and gain insight into the world beyond school.

Community Principals should be positive role-models within the local community, and not necessarily people with a high profile.

Schools can choose to invite their own Community Principal, or request assistance from the department to help find a suitable match.

Register online for Community Principal or contact the Department of Education and Training Community Principal Coordinator for more information.

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