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Launch: Newly Appointed Principal Program

About the program

Launch: Newly Appointed Principal Program (Launch) is intended for leaders in their first three years of principalship or with a contract of six months or longer. It has been designed to fast-track the learning curve for newly appointed principals, with significant input from new and experienced principals, as well as the Department’s Leadership Strategy and recommendations from AITSL’s Leading with Impact.

Launch contains three distinct parts to reflect the complexity of the role, but also interlink with each other to support all aspects and challenges of the role:

  • Launch: New Principal Program
  • Leading the management of your school
  • Mentoring and coaching support

Understanding the school’s specific context is integral for new school leaders when creating a clear direction for the future.

Source: AITSL (2017) New role, new vision.

Launch: Newly Appointed Principal Program

A core aim of Launch: Newly Appointed Principal Program is to develop participants’ personal and interpersonal skills to more effectively engage with staff and community members in positive ways, that help lead quality instruction and change.

There is a dual focus running through the program on what a principal can DO to lead a community effectively, as well as who and how they can BE to have the most constructive impact.

The program is multi-faceted to provide diverse opportunities of support and learning, including:

  • four face-to-face workshop sessions
  • self-reflective psychometric leadership tool
  • one-on-one executive leadership coaching
  • targeted, individualised mentoring with an accomplished principal for a 12-month period
  • access to online professional reading and resources
  • development, implementation and evaluation of action learning project to support the First 100 Days of principalship.

These elements are spread across four phases of learning:

Phase 1: two-day face-to-face workshop: Building relationships and setting a vision: 100 Days as an Effective Leader

Phase 2: individual in-school implementation of learning, coaching and mentoring

Phase 3: two-day face-to-face workshop: Working with others to create and sustain improvement and change.

Phase 4: individual in-school implementation of learning, coaching and mentoring.

Learning intentions

By the end of the program, it is intended that you will be able to:

  • recognise and develop constructive styles of school leadership
  • rapidly build high quality relationships with staff, students and community members
  • develop personal and organisational vision that strategically aligns school activities to better outcomes for students
  • promote effective instruction by leading staff and students in identifying and implementing high-quality teaching and learning
  • understand the professional knowledge and practice required to lead improvement and useful change in their specific contexts
  • build a professional and personal network that supports their ongoing development and wellbeing.

Target audience

Newly appointed principals in their first three years of principal appointment or with a contract of six months or longer.

About the facilitators

Growth Coaching International (GCI) is one of the largest providers of coaching and coach training in the Australian education sector. With offices in every Australian State and Territory, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the GCI team is linked into the latest research and practice in school leadership and coaching in education.

Grant O'Sullivan   Ben Calleja  

Phil Collins

Leading the Management of the School

Leading the Management of the School will be presented by directorates of the Department, to help you plan to align management procedures and processes to the educational goals and the vision and values of the school. The directorates will help you to understand how to ensure that the school’s resources and staff are efficiently organised and managed to provide an effective and safe learning environment.   

The directorate sessions will be of 30 minutes duration delivered weekly using WebEx (online webinar).  A schedule of these webinars will be given at the first face-to-face workshop of the Launch: Newly Appointed Principal Program.

Following these short webinars you will be informed of further professional learning available from each directorate.

Mentoring and coaching support

You will be coached to identify an area of focus in your context, in which you can be the instructional leader and have a positive impact on the professional practice of their staff, and student achievement. This will align with your 100 Days of Effective Leadership plan.

You will be introduced to your mentor on Day 2 of the program, who will support you in your principal role for a period of 12 months.

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community

Across all three aspects of the Leadership Requirements:

  • Vision and values
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills.

    Multi-faceted program

    Subsidised by the Department

    Multiple cohorts

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  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Day 4 Times
Cohort 1 Thursday
17 January 2019
18 January 2019
2 May 2019
3 May 2019
8.30am to 4.00pm
Cohort 2 Monday
15 April 2019
16 April 2019
1 August 2019
2 August 2019
8.30am to 4.00pm
Cohort 3 Monday
8 July 2019
9 July 2019
31 October 2019
1 November 2019
8.30am to 4.00pm

Expressions of Interest are now open for Cohort 3. Please complete the Expression of Interest, including endorsement from your Regional Executive Director, and return to


$500 (Subsidised by the Department)


Leadership Institute
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. (Institute doors open at 8.00am.)
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Leadership Institute is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville. We co-locate with the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

Please complete the Expression of Interest, including endorsement from your Regional Executive Director, and return to

Further information

For further information, contact Rachael Oliver on 9413 3358 or email



Launch: Newly Appointed Principal Program

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