Leaders recognised

Lynda Fisher and David Barras say the role of school principal has become increasingly complex and is constantly being redefined. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d425459
Lynda Fisher and David Barras say the role of school principal has become increasingly complex and is constantly being redefined. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d425459

Our Lady’s Assumption School principal David Barras and Carmel School head of primary Lynda Fisher were among five WA principals and educators to receive the awards, given by the Principals Australia Institute.

Institute chief executive Jim Davies said it was important that the vital role played by principals in the community was recognised.

‘Great schools do not happen by accident. The quality of our school leaders helps shape and drive excellence in education,’ Mr Davies said.

‘We all want our students to thrive and flourish at school. We need leaders who have the learning and wellbeing of students and staff as their primary focus.

‘These awards acknowledge leaders who have achieved exceptional standards in school leadership.’

Mr Barras said the peer-nominated awards were a chance for principals, who were usually recognising others, to receive recognition themselves.

‘It is very humbling,’ he said.

‘The issues principals must deal with are far more complex than before.

‘We need to share knowledge, collaborate and show leadership through doing.’

Mrs Fisher said collaboration with other teachers and other schools was important for principals.

‘It’s important that we don’t become introspective,’ she said.

‘The role of the principal is becoming increasingly engaged and dynamic. It is being redefined constantly.

‘No matter what culture or religion, the heads of schools are all facing the same demands.’