On 3 March, 24 newly appointed principals arrived at Bastow to participate in their first workshop of the Evolve: New Principals Program
– an 18-month individualised course designed to support their transition into the new role and to build their leadership capacity. A further 13 new principals, unable to attend the day at Bastow, were inducted in a range of regional locations including Castlemaine, Horsham, Bairnsdale and Mildura.
Recently, 18 new principals, appointed in Term 2, were also invited to participate in the Evolve
program, and will begin their journey over the next few weeks.
Each new principal is matched with a coach – an experienced principal who has committed their time to support the new principals during the first 18 months of their new role.
Whether a new principal has previously acted in a principal role, is stepping up from teacher position or is entering an entirely new school context, the first six months is crucial for getting to know the school community and staff, gaining a sense of self-awareness and achieving an understanding of responsibilities.
Although providing support through this first stage is critical, it is really in the next 12 months that new principals often shift from a need for targeted support to a need for sustained growth in leadership practice. The coaches are there to both support the early transition, and then to encourage development in leadership practice over time.
The coaching partnership provides the opportunity for both the coaches and new principals to share best practice, engage with leadership research and build collegial networks through training, in-school development, residential and locally-based sharing sessions, and regular webinars.
Newly appointed principals are invited to the Evolve: New Principals Program
in the first week of their new role. For more information: www.bastow.vic.edu.au/courses/evolve-new-principals