Chair’s Message

Mr Phillip Heath, AHISA’s National Chair

Welcome to AHISA’s website.

Through their schools, AHISA’s 412 members are helping to educate around 400,000 students, including students from overseas. That represents approximately 11 per cent of Australia’s school population.

As a professional association, AHISA supports high standards of collegiality, professional practice and conduct among our members. By supporting excellence in school leadership we are contributing to the quality of education enjoyed by all Australian school students.

We also contribute to Australian education and school leadership by collaborating with other principals’ and schools’ groups, and by freely sharing our collective expertise.

I warmly invite you to explore our website. You will find much wisdom from past and present Heads in the pages of our journal, Independence. There is also stimulating professional learning available in the presentations at AHISA conferences posted on this site.

I also recommend viewing the pages linking to our members’ schools.

The education and development of young people is one of the most important tasks anyone can undertake. AHISA is proud of the outstanding leadership that our members give to their schools and our role in supporting members’ professional aspirations.

About Phillip Heath
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), DipEd, FACE, MACEL

Phillip Heath achieved a First Class honours degree in Reformation History and taught at Trinity Grammar School Sydney and King’s School Ely (UK), before becoming Deputy Head of The William Clarke College in Kellyville, and then Headmaster of St Andrew’s Cathedral School Sydney, where he formed the Gawura Campus for indigenous inner city children.  Author of Trinity, the Daring of Your Name, and numerous journal articles, Phillip became fifth Principal of Radford College ACT in 2009.  Under his leadership, the school received the Order of Australia Association (ACT) Award for Community Service twice.  He was made a Fellow of the ACT Branch of ACEL in 2011.  Phillip will take up the position of Head of Barker College Sydney at the beginning of the 2014 academic year.

Phillip has been a member of AHISA since 1995 and has served on the Board since 2011.