AFTER leading schools in China, Egypt, Germany and New Zealand for 17 years, Craig Monaghan has returned to Perth to serve as St Andrew’s Grammar School principal.
The Burns Beach resident left his role as executive principal of Nanwai Kings’ College in Wuxi, China to take up the job at the Dianella school.
He has been in the education sector for 28 years, where he led various curricula including International Baccalaureate, the National Curriculum of England and Wales, International Primary Curriculum and the American Middle States Curriculum.
Outside of education, he competed for New Zealand in judo at three Olympic Games along with the Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
Mr Monaghan said it was a privilege and honour to have accepted the role.
“Since accepting, I have met so many people who care deeply about this school and its future and it will be my commitment to create something very special in the school,” he said.
“After spending quite some time away overseas my appointment at St Andrew’s Grammar provides me with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to lead school improvement and make positive advancements to the school community.
“It will be my responsibility to move St Andrew’s Grammar from where it lies now to the potential school which it can be by 2024.”
Mr Monaghan said applications for 24 academic and three Greek-origin scholarships were open until January 28.
“I would like to open up this fantastic school to deserving families, especially those who might not have previously considered a private school education was within their reach or perhaps to families who are deciding to leave other independent schools and are seeking a viable alternative to returning to state schools,” he said.
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