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Meet our Principal


Susan Just

I’ve been an educator for more than twenty years, with the last eight years as a Principal, initially at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and most recently at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School.

My strong areas of interest have been in curriculum and teacher development and this has led to my participation on a number of peak educational bodies, committees and taskforces. I firmly believe that educational leaders should have a voice on the future of education in Australia and the continued development of the teaching profession.

I have a commitment to lifelong learning and have continued my own professional learning. I have been actively involved in the Australian Heads of Independent Schools Association and the Association of Independent Schools both in the ACT and New South Wales. In 2009 I took a sabbatical to complete an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School; a course on business management that has complemented my educational research focus.

Lauriston Girls’ School has an excellent reputation for academic achievement and pastoral support of its students, and it was these factors which initiated my interest in taking on the role of Principal. Its vision of a ‘School for Life’ highlighted for me that this was a school which gave attention to not only building enduring relationships with its community of students, staff and parents, but developing innovative programs for its students which equipped them for life in the 21st Century.

Howqua provides an excellent example of an innovative program which enables students to develop resilience and independence, both of which are valuable qualities for young women. Lauriston recognises the value of its past while understanding the value of change which will better meet the needs of students.

I am looking forward to the coming years at Lauriston Girls’ School. The students receive an excellent education and are well prepared for the future. It is my aim to build upon these strong foundations, utilise the expertise and leadership capabilities of the staff, and establish lasting relationships with all members of the School community.