Scholarships help school principals study further

Barcham 12 June 2013

Joy Burch announced today that six ACT public school principals will be receiving scholarships to help them further their studies, both locally and abroad.

The scholarship recipients are Sue Norton, principal of Fraser Primary School, Dr Michael Kindler, principal of Stromlo High School, Kerrie Heath, a senior manager of disability education in the Education and Training Directorate, Jennie Lindsay, principal of Malkara School, Ian Copland, principal of The Woden School, and Fran Dawning, principal of Neville Bonner Primary School.

“I congratulate these outstanding principals whose scholarship programs will immensely enrich both their professional development and the ACT public school system,” Ms Burch said.

“Scholarship programs such as this are essential to ensuring the excellence of our school leaders and the continuing high performance of our public school system.”

The six scholarship recipients will undertake a variety of further learning, with Ms Norton and Ms Heath attending Harvard University, Dr Kindler exploring links with Asia, Ms Lindsay studying in the United Kingdom, Ian Copland working in Western Australia, and Ms Dawning attending the University of Chicago.

“It is particularly pleasing that with the recent approval of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, that the three scholarships for Ms Heath, Ms Lindsay and Mr Copland are for further study in the field of disability education.

“Ms Dawning is undertaking research which will help us understand the impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander studies on the curriculum. In turn this will assist us in better understanding what ‘closing the gap’ means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.”

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