GEELONG GRAMMAR SCHOOL APPOINTS NEW PRINCIPAL

Ms Rebecca Cody has been appointed as the 12th Principal of Geelong Grammar School and will start her new position at the commencement of Term 2, 2018. Ms Cody will succeed Mr Stephen Meek, who announced his retirement from the School in August last year. Ms Cody is currently the Principal of Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth, a position she has held since 2009.

Chair of the Geelong Grammar School Council, Mr Jeremy Kirkwood, said the appointment was the culmination of an extensive local and international search that yielded a very strong field of candidates from Australia and overseas. “Council was impressed with Ms Cody’s energy, strategic thinking, communication and collaborative leadership skills, as well as her passion for the educational philosophy that underpins our School,” Mr Kirkwood said. “She is a strong believer in Positive Education and is enthusiastic to build further on our focus on creative education.”

Ms Cody said that she was honoured to be offered the opportunity to enhance Geelong Grammar School’s international reputation as a pioneer of modern education. “Geelong Grammar School is an iconic leader in education,” she said. “It has always been steadfast in its pursuit of enabling exceptional learning and teaching. I feel honoured to be offered the opportunity to continue to strengthen the legacy of Sir James Darling, and more recently, Mr Stephen Meek.”

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A graduate of the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours), Ms Cody’s teaching career began as an English and Drama teacher at St Michael’s Collegiate School in Tasmania and continued at PLC Perth, where she rose to Head of Senior School. She was appointed to her first Principal position at Woodford House, a prestigious boarding and day school in New Zealand, in 2004, at the age of 31.

She became Principal of MLC Claremont in 2009, where she has been a highly successful and dynamic leader, significantly building enrolments and confidence in the school. MLC currently has 1,200 students from ELC to Year 12, including over 100 boarders. Ms Cody’s initiatives include the introduction of co-education in the ELC, shared co-ed classes with Christ Church Grammar in Years 11 and 12, and an emphasis on professional learning and development for all staff, including the introduction of Positive Education. She has continued her academic studies by commencing a PhD at The University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Cranlana Programme.

Mr Stephen Meek will continue as Principal until Ms Cody officially takes up her new position at the commencement of Term 2, 2018. Ms Cody’s initial term of appointment is until the end of 2023.