Leadership at Clarendon
Excellence through dedication.
Who We Are
From the Principal
As we emerged from the changed realities of 2020 and commenced the 2021 academic year, we took tentative steps towards planning so many of the events and the traditions of Clarendon that had been curtailed last year. We were not naïve about what might be possible. With many parts of the world still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, with COVID-Safe protocols and restrictions still firmly in place, with circuit breakers and border closures still a reality, we knew that some things would be different.
And so it was that in early February, we held our 2020 Year 12 Graduation Dinner. Although different, students, their families and staff were able to come together to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the graduating cohort. Students were, quite literally, on the threshold of their futures, some with bags packed ready to move to their university residences and commence their studies while others were preparing to begin their working life or enthusiastically mapping their gap year experiences.
Although different in 2021, the Head of the Lake Regatta was an extraordinary success for the Clarendon boatshed. Taking out both the the JH Netherway Cup (Girls Premiership Trophy) and the Harold Deveson Cup (Boys Premiership Trophy) for the first time in 31 years was certainly an achievement. More significant, however, was the fact that a total of 175 Clarendon rowers participated in the regatta and across the season. Their focus and commitment, their passion for their sport and their dedication to their crews ensured that that 16 of the 31 races were won by Ballarat Clarendon College. An inspiring performance by all involved in the program, with particular thanks to the team of volunteer coaches. That evening the rowing community was able to celebrate the season – again in slightly altered circumstances – at the annual Rowing Dinner.
Many of our traditional community events remained online: the Leaders and Academic Honours Assemblies, as well as weekly Junior School assemblies, were streamed for families and pastoral care and parent-teacher interviews were also conducted via Teams. These innovations were embraced by so many, with some parents joining from interstate and overseas, from their cars or from the train.
With further easing of restrictions, but a commitment to COVID-Safe practices, we’ve relished the opportunities to have our families join us. And what a range of events we’ve enjoyed – the Junior School Athletics Carnival, the Performing Arts Picnic and Performances, the Middle School family event as well as the Years 10-12 play, Around the World in 80 Days. We’ve been able to reconnect with over 500 Old Collegians at reunions and join current, past and future students and parents at Outreach events.
Never complacent, vigilant and realistic in our decision making, it was with a heavy heart that the risks associated with conducting the King Island program in 2021 were deemed too great. While we acknowledge the loss of the program and the disappointment felt by so many of our students and their families, this year and last, we look forward to the completion of the build at Yuulong and the opportunities offered by a purpose-built, Victorian-based residential campus.
As I look back upon the response of our community to the COVID pandemic and the steps we have made since its height, I cannot help but feel that as a community, we are standing on the threshold of our shared future, a little more resilient, a touch more knowledgeable and as hungry as ever for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
David Shepherd, Principal
Meet the Clarendon family
Clarendon’s consistently strong performances in a range of external measures are a consequence of strong educational leadership. The enduring team of Principal, David Shepherd, and Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Jan McClure, drive the school’s educational agenda and this is enacted by a loyal, committed and determined senior leadership team, many of whom David and Jan identified as graduates or young teachers and nurtured as leaders within the school.
Co-Head Senior School
Co-Head Senior School
Co-Head Nine10 School
Co-Head Nine10 School
Head of Middle School
Head of Junior School
Head of the Early Learning Centre
Head of Innovation
Head of Research
Head of Curriculum Assessment and Instruction
Board of Directors
|Steven Coltman||Stephen Jurica||Jayne Liubinas|
|John Livingston||Fiona May||Mark Patterson|
|Stuart Postlethwaite||Jock Selkirk||Jacqui Sewell|
|David Shepherd||Laura Van Dyk||Belinda Walton|