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Time in Lieu

By |2022-12-14T08:26:14+10:0014th December 2022|

Written by A Metro Secondary School Principal I have been monitoring, with interest, the impact of TIL, these are the facts: Time in Lieu began on Monday July 25th and since that time teaching staff have accrued 485 hours of TIL. The acquittal for many of the hours has been completed, however, the time away from students has meant interrupted [...]

Recruitment and Retention

By |2022-11-28T12:19:20+10:0028th November 2022|

Attracting and retaining employees has proved a challenge in the wake of unprecedented levels of employee resignations and an increased desire for hybrid or work-from-home options. Mentorship is crucial to ensuring the success of newcomers: it provides opportunities for emulation, fosters employee relationships, and encourages integration with company values. Mentoring is different from Managing: The most critical element of becoming [...]

Passion, Guts and Leadership by Deborah Patterson

By |2022-10-19T13:53:17+10:0019th October 2022|

Congratulations to Deb Patterson, former long serving educator and APF member, who recently released her book An A-Z for the Unconventional Educational Leader. As a passionate and highly successful leader for over 22 years, Deb shares her vast knowledge and expertise through story telling and practical advice. The book is another wonderful achievement in Deb’s professional career and we congratulate [...]

DET Principal Support Services

By |2022-10-05T12:08:29+10:005th October 2022|

As we all know, the role of a school leader is complex and multi-dimensional with effective leaders drawing on multiple sources of information and supports.  The Department offers a range of services to support school leaders with the execution of their roles and responsibilities.  Three such services that we encourage members to access are the Principal Advisory Service, the Principal [...]

Upcoming AGM and Seminar 2022

By |2022-10-05T12:02:31+10:005th October 2022|

Re-Evaluating the Working Conditions of School Leaders Burgeoning workloads continue to place great strain on our school leaders. Now, more than ever, there is a compelling case to re-evaluate the working conditions of leaders.  Registration is now open for this years AGM and Seminar Thursday October 27th at Riversdale Golf Club   We are pleased to welcome speakers: The Honourable [...]

Introducing our new Executive Officer

By |2022-09-12T17:33:46+10:007th September 2022|

My name is Jenna Benison, and I am very fortunate to be taking over from Gemma whilst she is on family leave. Although I am a qualified Osteopath, I have lots of experience working in administration roles and am very much looking forward to the new challenge of Executive Officer for the APF. I look forward to [...]

Not just a teacher shortage

By |2022-09-09T16:05:07+10:0017th August 2022|

Whilst recent commentary and dialogue has focussed on the severe teacher shortages, little mention if any, is being made in relation to the national trend that’s been growing for some time and that is principal shortages. Over the course of many years, there has been a declining trend of senior teachers and assistant principals aspiring to the role of principal [...]

Welcome to Principals’ Day.

By |2022-08-05T10:14:10+10:005th August 2022|

Each of our members and school leaders across our system,  are working in schools and educational settings where they are challenged to provide the best possible environment for their students and colleagues to meet the challenges of the learning journey.   The role of the Principal and Assistant Principal is a unique one.   The work we do and the demands [...]

Changes to NAPLAN dates

By |2022-03-25T08:46:29+10:0025th March 2022|

Changes to NAPLAN dates In case you have missed the news, ACARA has announced a number of changes to the NAPLAN.  Commencing 2023, NAPLAN is being moved to Term 1 meaning results and information will be available earlier in the year (May 2023) in order to inform teaching and learning.   For more information about the changes visit ACARA’s NAPLAN Improvements [...]

Annual Report Updates – advice from DET

By |2022-03-08T11:17:07+10:008th March 2022|

The Annual Report is a legislative obligation that provides a valuable opportunity for the school community to celebrate achievements, reflect on the school’s performance, and understand where and how improvement efforts have enhanced student achievement, engagement and well-being. As you know this is key to building community pride and confidence in the government school system. Each year Performance Division quality [...]

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