“I strive to ensure that staff are motivated and empowered to concentrate on the core business of teaching in an exciting, progressive, student-centred and adult atmosphere.”
Principal, Melville Senior High School
Phil’s experience in diverse, complex and challenging education environments in both the education sector and the military came into play when he was tasked with re-energising Melville Senior High School in 2009.
Through strong leadership and strategic direction, the school improved across a range of academic and non-academic domains from a top 50 school in 2009 to a top 12 school in 2015 based on student achievement.
Phil believes students and staff must be afforded the respect, care and compassion of a positive and supportive environment which focuses on educating the whole person and that schools are showcases for the wider community in which they exist. He ensures students are given leadership and active citizenship opportunities.
He has a proven record of advancing the interests and improving the performance of schools. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 and Melville Senior High School was a finalist in the WA Secondary School of the Year in 2016.