Margaret Varady, one of the world’s best principals, to speak on Wednesday night

Wednesday 31st August 2016 7.30-8.00pm

(Photo courtesy of the SMH)

In 2005, Margaret Varady was made an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for her leadership in education. And so it is only fitting that in 2016, on Wednesday 31 August to be precise, she will be speaking at Warrane on the topic of “My educational journey and things I have learnt along the way.”

The New Zealand born educator has had a long and illustrious career in education. Margaret has a great interest in the role of school culture in improving student outcomes - her doctoral thesis was “The relationships between School Culture and Student Outcomes in NSW Selective schools”. She's been a secondary teacher for 39 years across various NSW and NZ schools, and was Principal of Sydney Girls High School from 1992 to 2008. She also worked for the Board of Studies and was Coordinator of the Office of Educational Leadership in the School of Education UNSW.

As well as an AO, Margaret was awarded the Wyndham Medal in 2008 (first Principal awardee), selected as one of the top principals across the world (Beijing 2006) and as one of the most influential educators in Sydney (2007 SMH). She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, has been a NSW Australia Day Ambassador, was a member of the UNSW Global Advisory Committee in 2013 /2014, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the UNSW in 2015 and more. 

Margaret established her own consultancy - “Developing Educational Leaders” Varady Career Consulting - which covers a range of areas from individual career planning, mock interviews and presentations to working with school executive teams on building leadership capacity and leadership culture. 

She is currently working on digital initiatives as Head of Education, Institute of Digital Education Africa (IDEA) to improve teaching and learning programs in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. 

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