Bastow Alumni

Choosing to actively engage with the Bastow Alumni community opens the door to rich and rewarding professional conversations, new connections and exciting opportunities.

​​​​​​​We recognise the importance of lifelong learning and the value of continuing professional conversations past graduation. Bastow Alumni is just one way we stay connected with our graduates and encourage them to continue their leadership learning and make new connections.

Bastow Alumni is open to graduates of our career stage programs - Unlocking Potential: Principal PreparationCreate: Middle Leaders​ and Impact: Emerging Leaders. It offers a range of professional learning and networking opportunities, events, access to resources, offers and discounts.

Alumni events and professional learning provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • engage in professional learning to consolidate, contextualise and contribute to program content
  • connect with other leaders and aspiring leaders at events and forums
  • promote by providing opportunities and connections to progress leadership.

​For more information, contact Meg Clarke​ at meg.clarke@bastow.vic.edu.au​​.​​​​

Meet our Alumni


​​Impact: Emerging Leaders

Aaron MacKinnon
Acting Assistant Principal, Dandenong High School

It was Aaron’s love of art and working with young people that led him to teaching.

Through his journey from teacher to Acting Assistant Principal, and participating in Bastow's Impact Program, Aaron has discovered the classroom is not entirely different from an artist's canvas.

'Like education, creating an artwork is about labouring. You don't always see the end result straight away.'

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Unlocking Potential: Principal Preparation

Monika Gruss
Assistant Principal, Oak Park Primary School

Until about a year ago, Monika had little interest in becoming a principal.

Then, encouraged by a close colleague and her principal, she decided to take the next step in her career, which included attending Bastow’s UP Program.

‘My whole perspective of being a principal has changed. I learnt the critical part of being an effective principal is having a strong teaching and learning base where the students are at the centre.’

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