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Presentation of P&C NSW Secondary Principal of the Year Award

P&C Annual Conference - Sunday, 31st July, 2005

Dr Mark Carter

Principal, Killara High School




Principal of the Year Award 2005

Dr Mark Carter

Killara High School


One of the hallmarks of Dr Carter is his boundless enthusiasm and his interest in his school. P&C President Tony Cope says that he leads by example, being a ubiquitous presence at any school activity – regardless of the time, day or night.


This enthusiasm is coupled with leadership qualities that have earned him the respect of parents, students, the teaching staff, and local politicians.


The local Federal MP and Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson wrote in the local newspaper “Killara High School under the leadership of Dr Carter is the epitome of excellence in a comprehensive public high school”.


Dr Carter is a strong advocate of local comprehensive high schools. His school is surrounded by elite North Shore private schools, and yet enrolment applications each year are increasing. In 2005, the number of Year 7 classes increased from a planned 7 to 9, eating into the market share of the private schools. Enrolments continue to grow, with 1,260 students in 2004 increasing to over 1,300 in 2005.


To achieve this, Dr Carter has put in place a broad strategy which recognizes that parents make decisions on high schools at Year 3 or earlier. The strategy includes working with a committee of parents and teachers to redevelop and reinforce effective relationships with feeder primary schools, pre-schools and real estate agents. He actively encourages the local primary schools to use the high school’s facilities at every opportunity.


Dr Carter promotes the school widely through the local press, meetings of community groups such as Rotary, keeping in touch with local businesses and politicians, and letter box drops. He regularly invites politicians and business leaders to the school. He has instigated a marketing campaign called “A great school, close to home” to concentrate on lifting and maintaining “in area” enrolments against the private schools.


Dr Carter has a very productive working relationship with the P&C and its sub-committees. P&C President Tony Cope says: “The P&C has been able to achieve outstanding results working closely with Dr Carter. Parent numbers involved in a wide range of school activities has increased considerably. One example is Performing Arts, where two concert bands and a stage band have been joined by an extra stage band, a chamber orchestra, and a choir. Another example is Buildings and Grounds, where extensive upgrades to the school oval, pathways and landscaping have been undertaken, and four COLA’s have either been built or are underway. Dr Carter’s enthusiasm and hard work at the quarterly working bees is outstanding, and has, by example, encouraged many parents to attend. He knows every inch of the school.”


Dr Carter also involves himself with the students. Whether it be playing in the teachers’ team of lunch-time “bompo-dompo”; trekking up slippery hills with Duke of Edinburgh participants; surfing with Year 12 students; or meeting busloads of weary students at midnight returning from school camps. He also encourages students to participate in activities outside the school.


An interesting aside: Dr Carter was himself a member of the inaugural “Class of 75” at Killara High.


In the words of the P&C’s Tony CopeDr Carter is an outstanding Principal and is taking one of the state’s leading comprehensive, non-selective high schools to a new level of public education. Dr Carter is truly deserving of the 2005 Principal of the Year Award”.


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Dr Mark Carter – Principal, Killara High School accepting the P&C NSW Secondary Principal of the Year Award











Left to Right:

Trevor Fletcher, Deputy Director-General Schools, NSW DET

Sharryn Brownlee, P&C NSW President

Dr Mark Carter – Principal, Killara High School

Deonne Smith, Regional Director, Northern Sydney Region, NSW DET

David Hope, President P&C Northern Sydney Region





























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