New era of leadership

Jun 22, 2022 | Community News

Gippsland Grammar’s Board has announced that Gippsland Grammar Principal Leisa Harper has resigned and will end her time as Principal at the end of Term 2.

Gippsland Grammar Board chair Brendan Shepherd thanked Mrs Harper for her dedicated service to the School, which included guiding the leading independent School through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the School Community we wish Leisa well in her future endeavours,” Mr Shepherd said.

Gippsland Grammar’s current Deputy Principal Michele Wakeham (pictured below) will step in as Acting Principal.

“The Board is also pleased to announce that Michele Wakeham has accepted the appointment to the position of Acting Principal of Gippsland Grammar,” Mr Shepherd said. “Michele brings strong leadership, knowledge and passion to the role and will continue to be supported by our highly competent Leadership team.”

Mrs Wakeham joined the Gippsland Grammar Community 12 months ago from Trinity Grammar School in Kew where she was Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to that Mrs Wakeham was head of Mathematics at Geelong Grammar School. During her time at Gippsland Grammar, Mrs Wakeham has led the School’s Teaching and Learning program and has fully immersed herself and her young family both into School life and into the wider Gippsland region.

“I am passionate about the education of young people and the future of Gippsland Grammar,” Mrs Wakeham said.

As a member of the Sale Golf Club, Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club, Sale United Football Club and the church choir director, Mrs Wakeham has strong links within the Gippsland community and is keen for Gippsland Grammar to continue to support the community to thrive.

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Gippsland Grammar background:
Gippsland Grammar is one of Australia’s leading co-educational Anglican schools, with a tradition of excellence in education extending almost 100 years. Located in the heart of Gippsland, the School has more than 1100 students across three campuses including St Anne’s junior campus and the Garnsey senior campus, both at Sale, and the Bairnsdale junior campus in East Gippsland. Enrolments at both junior campuses begin with a 3s and 4s kindergarten program at their respective Early Learning Centres (ELC) and Garnsey caters for students from Years 7-12. Gippsland Grammar is also the only boarding school east of Melbourne’s suburban fringe and is a home-away-from-home for students from far East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Victoria’s High Country and the Latrobe Valley as well as for a cohort of international students.

Gippsland Grammar’s 2021 VCE results:
Gippsland Grammar’s class of 2021 was among some of Victoria’s highest achieving Year 12 students. An amazing 21 per cent of the School’s Year 12 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 90 and 38 per cent above 80, which places them in the top 10 percent, and 20 per cent, in the state respectively. Gippsland Grammar’s Dux for 2021 was Demi Edward with an ATAR of 99.2, two students achieved a perfect study score of 50 while 28 per cent of students achieved a study score above 40. Gippsland Grammar is also proud to acknowledge the 21 students from the 2021 cohort who made a successful transition into the workforce through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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