Grammar Appoints New Head
Ballarat Grammar is celebrating the appointment of its next Head.
Mr Adam Heath, currently Middle School Principal at Kristin School in Auckland, New Zealand, will commence at Grammar in January 2016. Coming to the Grammar community with Mr Heath will be his wife, Kylie, and their three children.
Mr Heath was initially qualified in Outdoor Education at La Trobe University and he has more recently completed a Master’s Degree in School Leadership with First Class Honours at The University of Melbourne.
After early teaching experiences at Mallacoota and the UK, Mr Heath moved to join Caulfield Grammar at Yarra Junction, where he became Head of Campus. In 2005, he was appointed as the founding Head of Middle School at Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, presiding over the development of innovative learning programs and facilities which have achieved national recognition. This resonates with Ballarat Grammar’s most recent Strategic Directions, clearly focused on advanced learning practice, just published on the School’s new website.
Mr Heath’s leadership has continued to inspire excellence in research-based educational practice at Kristin School, where he began in 2009, and where the International Baccalaureate is offered. He has been appointed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to represent schools across the Asia-Pacific region. An interregnum at Kristin School last year required Mr Heath to share the role of Executive Principal for the whole school, so he has experience of school leadership at the highest level. With clear interests in internationalism, service to community, leadership and environmental literacy, Mr Heath is well-equipped to further Grammar’s involvement with Round Square. He is a confirmed Anglican and his appointment has been warmly endorsed by the President of the School, Bishop Garry.
Mr Heath’s siblings are on the land near Camperdown, so he has personal connections with the School’s areas of endeavour in boarding and agriculture. Mrs Kylie Heath will be bringing her horses from New Zealand and hence will have hands-on involvement with the Grammar farm at Mount Rowan.
With considerable enthusiasm, therefore, the School community will welcome Mr Heath and his family, with their menagerie, to Ballarat, confident that Ballarat Grammar will continue to thrive under his leadership.
Mr Heath at Grammar
We were pleased to welcome the Heath family to Grammar on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August, where Mr Adam Heath was able to address a senior school Assembly and meet with Senior Staff, along with Directors and Chairman from associated Boards.