President's Message

President's Message March 2016

Student Transport

Many thanks to those members who were able to respond to my request for information. The issue is being handled by Deputy Secretary Robert Williams and the General Managers. I also discussed this with Deputy Secretary Liz Banks. The situation is quite mixed around the state with more issues in the south than our other regions. Some variations have caused a fair bit of work for principals with their communities.

TPA in the media

The TPA was invited to participate in the ABC’s Friday Forum Statewide Mornings radio programme hosted by Leon Compton. Other guests were Bec Webb from Anglicare and Jan Davis from the agriculture sector. Discussion topics included federal budget priorities in an election year, bullying and societal (including legal) responses, taxation reform and dance.

An article appeared in The Mercury on Saturday February 13th in which staffing was the topic. This is available via the DOE media summary.

TPA State Executive

Your state executive is Malcolm Elliott (President), Brett Youd (Vice President, Primary), Marcelle Watts (Vice President, Secondary), Samantha Abblitt (NW Branch President), Kathy Davis (North Branch President), Phil  Challis, Troy Roberts, Rachel Brown, Judy Fahey and Tamara Clark. Our first meeting was held Friday 19th February in Campbell Town. On behalf of members I thank our state executive for all their work in addition to their workload as principals or assistant principals. We will be finalising the logistics of filling executive vacancies as part of our business on Friday. Agenda topics for Friday include student transport, staffing, coaching, procurement rules, school security, MyEducation, mentoring and principal/assistant principal health and wellbeing.

Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA)

The TPA is affiliated with ASPA. The president of ASPA is Rob Nairn (WA). As our state president I sit on the board of this group. I have additional responsibility as a member of the risk and audit sub-committee, and as portfolio coordinator for leadership development. The first ASPA meeting was held from Sunday 21st February to Tuesday 23rd February in Canberra. Work included preparation and lobbying re the federal budget, VET, the Australian Curriculum and national perspectives on issues in secondary education.

Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA)

The TPA is also affiliated with AGPPA. The president of AGPPA is Gabrielle Leigh (Vic).We are represented on the national advisory council of AGPPA by myself and Brett Youd. AGPPA meets from Sunday 28th February to Tuesday 1st March. The agenda will have a focus on the paper Nation Building Through Public Education written at the end of last year by professor Alan Reid, and our strategic actions to follow.

Brett stays on to then represent the TPA on the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) national council which meets for the second half of Tuesday and all day Wednesday. APPA is the joint public, catholic and independent schools body. The APPA president is Dennis Yarrington (ACT public schools).

Our membership of these groups ensures our involvement and voice on the national level. Each of the groups is highly respected and influential. We look forward to hosting APPA president Dennis Yarrington at a special meeting later in the year.

Kindest regards to all,


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