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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 4491..


was the principal of Narrabundah primary school from 2000 to 2006. During her time at Narrabundah primary, Trish set up the innovative Koori classroom, a place where Indigenous students, parents and community members could feel comfortable and other schools could learn about Indigenous culture. The Koori classroom was just one of the innovations Trish implemented during her extensive teaching career. In 2006 Narrabundah Primary School won the AAU Arthur Hamilton award for reconciliation education, in part due to the Koori classroom.

Trish was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2006 for service to the community, particularly through programs initiated at the Narrabundah Primary School and to education. She is an active member of the Order of Australia Association and was involved in establishing the school-based student citizenship awards program which started in 2009. Student citizenship awards are awarded by the Order of Australia Association to outstanding individuals and groups at ACT schools.

She nurtured a wonderful and caring environment at Giralang Primary School, which I have been privileged to visit on a few occasions. She was instrumental in developing the school's special relationship with the Rats of Tobruk Association and the wonderful opportunities that has created for the association and the school community.

Trish has a bachelor of education and is a fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Australian Council for Educational Leadership. She is involved in a number of organisations outside of education, including the Friends of the Arboretum. I am sure she will be very, very busy in her retirement, and I wish her and her family well.

Madam Speaker, Phillip Heath has been the principal of Radford College since 2009. Prior to this, he was the principal of St Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney for 14 years. During his time as principal at St Andrew's, Phillip oversaw the transition to a co-educational school and introduction of classes from K-2 as well as the establishment of the Gawura campus for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. During Phillip's time as principal at Radford the school has achieved strong academic results and has twice received the Order of Australia Association award for community service.

Phillip was educated at St Paul's College, Bellambi and went on to receive first class honours in reformation history at the University of Wollongong in 1980. He has also taught at Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, the King's school in Ely and William Clarke College in Kellyville. Phillip is a fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership, a former Chairman of the Headmasters Conference New South Wales and the current national Chairman of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia.

Phillip has been appointed as the ninth headmaster of Barker College and will commence in 2014. I know he is highly regarded by the Radford community, and I enjoyed the professional and compassionate leadership style which he demonstrated at Radford. I wish him and his family well.


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