Getting Your First Job: A Conversation with Principals

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Pre-service teachers register free using the instructions below

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ACE Victoria invites you to join us for a free event specifically aimed at pre-service primary and secondary teachers enrolled in the final year of their program. This is a fantastic opportunity for pre-service teachers to hear from education professionals and receive advice about finding your first job.

We have assembled a panel of six highly experienced school principals from across primary and secondary schools in the three school sectors: government, independent and catholic, as well as a private recruitment firm consultant.

The session will be facilitated using a live Google Document to enable questions to be put to the panel from the audience. A facilitator will manage the questions going to the panel. This will not be an anonymous process; each questioner may be asked to briefly speak to their question before it is put to the panel.

Register free in 2 easy steps:

  • Sign up for a free ACE Associate membership (pre-service teachers only) here
  • Next, return to this page and register for the event (please ensure you are logged in to receive your ticket free)



Annette Rome FACE, FACEL, BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, PhD (in progress)

Principal, St. Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School
Past President, Australian College of Educators (VIC)

Annette’s prior roles include Deputy Principal, Lauriston Girls’ School, Director of Staff Learning and Acting Vice Principal at Methodist Ladies’ College, Director of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation and a range of other educational leadership positions. She has also been the Coordinator of the International Education and Indigenous Education Focus Groups at the Centre for Strategic Education, and adjunct lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

She has authored science and education resources and organised a large number of educational events. She is an active member of the James Macready-Bryan Foundation for young people with acquired brain injury. Her passion in education is for the development of young people so that they may become the best they can be – true citizens of the world.

Paul Runting

Deputy Principal, Head of Wheelers Hill Campus, Caulfield Grammar School

Paul has been an educator in secondary schools for over 30 years where he has worked in Catholic and Independent Schools. He has held positions as Head of Senior School at a Catholic Boys School, has also been Head of Middle School at Scotch College in Hawthorn and is currently the Head of Campus at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, a K-12 Campus with just over 1,400 students.

Paul has an English teaching background, teaching English to Years 7-12 and has also been a State Examiner for VCAA. He is the President Elect of the Victorian Branch of the Australian College of Educators and is a member of ASSIS (Association of Senior Staff in Independent Schools).


Pitsa Binnion 

Principal, McKinnon Secondary College

Pitsa began her career with the Department of Education 34 years ago and has extensive leadership experience. She was appointed to McKinnon in 1997 as a Leading Teacher, Assistant Principal in 2000 and Principal in 2008. She has represented the Department on numerous occasions and served on selection panels for Principals and Regional representatives. Pitsa has been a mentor to many aspirant and newly appointed Principals.

Pitsa is the President of the South Eastern Regional Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), Committee Member of Victorian Association of Secondary Schools Principals (VASSP), Executive Member of the Inner Secondary Principal Network, providing opportunities for professional development, collegiality and systemic improvement.

Dr Susan Stevens PhD, MEd, MMus, AMusA, Grad Dip, FACE

Principal, Loreto, Mandeville Hall Toorak

Dr Stevens worked for a number of years with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in various capacities. During her time, she has been Chairperson and Chief Assessor for Music Styles; Assistant Chief Assessor for Music Performance and Solo and Music Performance. She has also served as a committee member on the Loreto Schools Advisory Committee, and held the position of Chair of the national Loreto Committee.

Dr Stevens also contributes to a number of outside groups and committees. She is a member of the Curriculum Committee of the PAVCSS (Catholic Principal’s Association), the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) Website Committee, the Invergowrie Grants Committee, and is Deputy President and Director on the Board of Directors of the Invergowrie Foundation. Dr Stevens has held the position of chairperson of the Mary Ward International Advisory Committee for Grants Allocation, and is currently a Director of the Board of Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA).

Andrew Barr

Practice Lead, Education & Government, Slade Group

Andrew Barr is a Senior Consultant in the Slade Education, Government and NFP Practice. He has taught and held Principal positions at schools in Victoria, the UK and Tasmania. Andrew was Regional Director of the Round Square Association, National Chair of AHISA and Director of the Principals Australia Institute.

He completed a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Education Studies at Monash University and a Diploma of Education at the University of Sydney. Andrew remains very engaged in the NGO sector, including a focus on improving educational outcomes for indigenous children.

Jane Hancock

Principal, Coburg Primary School

Jane has held principal class positions for 18 years in state government schools leading school improvement at Coburg, Greenvale and Northcote Primary Schools. In between this time Jane held the position of the Director for the Centre of Differentiation at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School. In her career Jane has worked at 14 schools mostly in the northern region and has taught every year level in a primary school. In her career she has had many opportunities to build on her capabilities as a leader in the system.

Jane is currently the Network Chair for Moreland Schools and has worked on the Network executive for many years in Hume. As assistant principal Jane led the Assistant Principal network and was a member of the Building Leadership Capacity in Schools (BLiS) team delivering professional learning to over 400 aspirant leaders over 5 years in both Hume and Moreland including being awarded the John Cain award for building leaders in Hume. Jane is a State Councilor for the Victorian Principals Association advocating and supporting Victorian Principals in government schools.

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