Principal selected for fellowship

Neale Daniher with Assumption College principal Kate Fogarty. (Michaela Meade)

Michaela Meade

Assumption College is celebrating a prestigious fellowship awarded to principal Kate Fogarty.

Ms Fogarty was awarded a $150,000 Menzies School Leader Fellowship, which aims to help raise the profile and importance of outstanding leadership.

Ms Fogarty said she was “extremely honoured” to be one of the six recipients of the fellowship.

“This fellowship is critical in investigating and supporting school leaders who have the capacity to make catalytic change to improve student learning outcomes,” Ms Fogarty said.

“This fellowship will benefit our broader community as, with the support of expert researchers and specialised coaches, I and our incredible academic team will be encouraged to reimagine school leadership development, implement collective efficacy programs for the growth of others and then pass on our collective knowledge to the broader educational community.”

Ms Fogarty said the COVID-19 pandemic experience over the past year has presented unique challenges to school environments, which the fellowship can assist with.

“This experience will enable me to work with various high-profile collaboration groups and leaders to find ways to meet the ongoing complex challenges in powerful ways,” she said.

“Insightful and effective leadership through complex situations will benefit local students in every school.”

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship is a two year program that aims to harness cross-sector expertise to understand how to build a “pipeline” of talented school leaders, and equip them with the knowledge and skills to adapt to and take on the challenges and complexities of their roles.

Ms Fogarty will create and lead an in-school collective efficacy research project, participate in a leadership development program, undertake individual leadership coaching and study trips, and attend a number of professional development workshops.