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Harvard Principals Scholarship winners announced

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The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia have announced the recipients of the 2019 Principals Scholarships.

This year’s Principals Scholars are:

  • Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship: Karen Duncan, Harrisdale Primary School (WA)
  • Harvard Club of Australia Principals Scholarship Recipient: Ann Caro, Lithgow High School (NSW)
  • Public Education Foundation Principals Scholarship Recipient: Jesmond Zammit, Gorokan Primary School (NSW)

The three will travel to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to undertake a professional education program specifically designed to strengthen the skills of educational leaders.

“The Harvard Club of Australia believes investing in the leadership capacity of outstanding public school principals – like Ann, Jesmond and Karen – is one the best things we can do to celebrate public education and improve the learning outcomes for all Australian kids,” Ricky Campbell‐Allen from the Harvard Club of Australia said.

“These public school principals are exceptional leaders who not only support and inspire students and staff in their schools, but champion educational excellence in the broader community. They demonstrate a strong capacity for leadership into the future,” David Hetherington, Executive Director of the Public Education Foundation, said.

NSW Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott said, “Being a school leader is a challenging, testing and demanding role, but there is no more important work in our society as the decisions of our principals affect thousands of young people’s lives,” he said. “This award not only recognises the work Ann and Jesmond have already done, but opens the door for them to build on, and share more widely, their leadership insights.

Each Principals Scholarship is valued at approximately $16,000 and includes program tuition for one of two Harvard Graduate School of Education programs: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership or Leadership: An Evolving Vision.


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