Gippsland Grammar welcomes new Principal Mrs Leisa Harper

Apr 15, 2020 | Community News

Gippsland Grammar has a new principal. Leisa Harper began at the local independent school last week taking over from previous principal David Baker, who accepted a position at Woodleigh School on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mrs Harper comes to Gippsland from Rockhampton in Queensland where she was a consultant at Rockhampton Grammar School.

She was previously Principal at Fraser Coast Anglican College and held executive roles at St Paul’s School and Brisbane Grammar School.

Mrs Harper has worked extensively with the Harvard School of Education and served as a director on the Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Board and Queensland Independent Schools Parent Network.

In addition to her teaching qualifications, Mrs Harper holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Educational Studies in Adolescent Psychology.

“I feel very blessed to be part of the Gippsland Grammar community,” Mrs Harper said.

“I have received a warm welcome and express my gratitude to the teachers and support staff for an outstanding start to Learn@Home education which is a true credit to everyone involved.”

Gippsland Grammar moved to its remote learning model for the last week of Term 1 making the decision before it was directed to by the Government.

Mrs Harper described herself as a passionate educator and leader.

“I am passionate about regional schools and believe that all students have the right to an excellent education.

“Though we are apart, we can come together,” she added. “This is the mantra that fills my head and heart as we begin this term.

“The knowledge of teaching and learning is paramount in all that I do.

Mrs Harper is married to husband Graham for 25 years and they have three children: Georgia, 18, is currently studying a dual degree of Arts and education, majoring in English literature and Psychology at Queensland University and 15-year-old twins Phoebe and Rhys who began Year 10 at Gippsland Grammar at the beginning of the year.  

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