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Roger Nottage

A passionate site leader who regularly demonstrates the values of courage and tenacity, Roger has led the transformation of John Pirie Secondary School to become a school of choice within the community, with a clear focus on improvement through quality teaching and learning.

Known for his authentic style and willingness to tackle difficult challenges, Roger has galvanised his staff with his dynamic vision which sets high expectations and clearly articulates the importance of their roles in a large school which is both complex and diverse. As chairperson of the Pirie Partnership, Roger is a valuable support to all education leaders and highly regarded for his commitment to building better futures for all of the area’s young people.


Caroline Fishpool

Principal, Wirreanda Secondary School

Caroline exemplifies all of the public sector’s values, especially what it means to be a professional. As principal of Wirreanda Secondary School, she’s routinely set a high bar for her leaders and lifted the school’s performance through structural and cultural reform. Her team has collectively led changes to the timetable and expectations on how staff collaborate and has resulted in teachers meeting in small huddles that are personal and relevant to each professional’s learning needs.

Parents and the community are consulted on the school’s culture, and outside experts are used to help the learning come alive for students. Generous in sharing her insights – including on social media – her colleagues across the sector remark that her leadership inspires action through practical change.

Performance Improvement team

People and Culture

Going the extra mile for the best outcomes the Performance Improvement team are committed to providing a comprehensive service that supports site leaders with expert human resource advice. The team has transformed its model to ensure a consistent approach, through one to one case management services, personalised support and the delivery of workshops at a site, partnership and agency level.

Not only is the team able to demonstrate improved systems outcomes as a result of their work, but also feedback from leaders has been overwhelmingly positive, with many stating they are more confident and willing to manage complex issues within their teams and experience improved educational outcomes as a result.


Public Education Awards

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