SCEA Celebration Speaker Spotlight – Dr John Collier

This week we profile the second of our keynote speakers, Dr John Collier, who will be travelling from Sydney for our Celebration Day.

Dr Collier is currently the Dean of Morling Education after previously serving as the Head of St Andrew’s Cathedral School and St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura (Indigenous) School for 11 years. In total, Dr Collier has spent more than 31 years as a Principal in numerous schools.

He is Chair of the Anglican Education Commission and a member of the Synod of the Sydney Diocese, a Lay Canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral, a recent past Chair of AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent School of Australia) for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

For seven years, he Chaired the Academic Committee of AHISA (NSW/ACT), which dealt extensively with the state curriculum authority.

He is a past recipient of the Alan Laughlin Perpetual Award, an Australian College of Educators recognition for outstanding educational leadership and the Principals Australia Institute John Laing Professional Development Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal for educational leadership by the Australian College of Educators, the first-ever Head of an Independent School to be so honoured. He is immediate past Chair of the Independent Sporting Association and of the International Baccalaureate Heads’ Association (NSW/ACT).

His doctoral studies were in Christian Education, Leadership and the Development of Culture and Ethos and his books, Teaching Well: Insights for Educators in Christian Schools and Better Learning: Trajectories for Christian Educators, are used widely in Anglican and other Christian Schools. In 2018, his book Pupils, Pimples and Parents: being a prophetic voice to the community as Head of School, was published and widely acquired by NSW Principals.

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