Sights on Harvard for two outstanding principals

Two of the state's best public school principals have won the inaugural Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship.

Mark Burnard, principal of Chifley College, Bidwell Campus in Sydney's west, and Judith Hayman, principal of Griffith Public School in the Riverina, will be awarded this prestigious scholarship tomorrow night at an awards night organised by the Public Education Foundation.

The scholarship provides for two principals of government primary and secondary schools to undertake a short professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with all course fees, airfares and accommodation fully provided.

Verity Firth, chief executive of the Public Education Foundation, said both principals awarded this scholarship went above and beyond the call of duty in making sure their schools delivered for their students. 

"Mr Burnard in his application spoke with pride of the ‘Bidwell Blokes Breakfast' established at his school to get fathers involved in the school community. Griffith Public School was one of the first schools in the state to have a community member teach Wiradjuri language at school," Ms Firth said.

This is the first year the Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship has been offered. 

It is being delivered through a partnership between the Public Education Foundation and the Harvard Club of Australia. The Origin Foundation provided funding. 

"The scholarships are designed to be both a life-changing and a career changing opportunity for principals in public primary and secondary schools," Ms Firth said.

The two winners will be receiving their scholarships on Tuesday 30 April at the ‘Celebrating the Achievements of Public Education' Awards night at the Sydney Town Hall at 7pm. Entry is free but people need to register to reserve a seat.

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