President's Message

President's Report September 2015

Many thanks to our NW group under the leadership of President Samantha Abblitt for organising a branch get together at Pier 1 in Ulverstone this week. It was a great opportunity to hear about the activity of our members and the children in our schools. I look forward to attending more functions and meetings.

You will soon be receiving an invitation to our Issues Forum and brief (!) Annual General Meeting to be held in Launceston on October 30th. Please add this event to your calendar.

Many thanks to all involved in the Australian Primary Principals Association national conference on “The Heart of Leadership” held in Hobart 16-18 September. Five hundred and thirty delegates attended from around the country and were thoroughly engaged and intellectually stimulated by a deep and broad range of presenters whose work was linked by conference facilitator and retired TPA member Bob Phillips. Many thanks also go to roving facilitator and retired TPA member Tony Fagan. The conference was organised by Leishman Associates and, as an APPA activity, was a joint effort of the government, Catholic and non-government principal/school leader associations. Feedback on the conference has been excellent. The organising committee were very pleased with the accompanying theme of the importance of the arts in education. Papers and some video links will be available via our website early term four.

The branch meetings and the AGM/Issues forum will feed into our state executive meetings and provide important information for the 2016 state budget submission. Further, issues and information flowing from the October 30 forum will be included in our meetings with the Secretary of Education, the Dep. Secs., and Minister of Education. This also contributes to our involvement at national level via the Australian Primary Principals Association, Australian Government Primary Principals Association, and the Australian Secondary Principals Association.

There has been considerable interest in the year 12 completion in the media this week. I represented TPA in a 15 minute interview with ABC mornings on Monday on this issue which will be included as a facilitated group discussion on October 30th.

Also on our website you will find a list of associations and working parties on which I am currently working as TPA representative. Many thanks to Brett Youd for his ongoing work on the APPA National Advisory Council.

Malcolm Elliott


Tasmanian Principals Association
PO Box 607, New Norfolk TAS 7140
0457 526 372
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