The Illawarra Grammar School to get new principal

The Illawarra Grammar School to get new principal

Dr. Julie Greenhalgh is set to become the next principal of New South Wales’ The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS), succeeding Judi Nealy who will retire by the end of 2023.

Greenhalgh will assume her new role on 1st January after serving on the board of Cranbrook School. Previously, she led the Sydney independent girls school Meriden as principal for 16 years.

Prof. Anthony Okely, chair of the TIGS council, announced Greenhalgh’s appointment, noting that the incoming principal’s extensive sector experience, leadership capability and passion for academic excellence are what made her the preferred candidate for the position.

Greenhalgh has a master’s degree in education from the Australian Catholic University and holds a doctor of education degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

She has served Australia’s educational community for over 40 years, starting as a science and mathematics teacher after earning her first degree at the UNSW.

She later became the head of science at Canberra Gramar School before relocating to Sydney, where she held multiple leadership roles at Pymble Ladies’ College.

In a statement, Okely said Greenhalgh’s “warmth and authenticity underpin her enthusiasm” for the principal role.

“We are equally humbled to welcome an academic leader of Dr. Greenhalgh’s calibre to the TIGS community and excited to partner with her as we continue to strive for excellence together,” Okely said.

Greenhalgh’s career also includes having served as committee chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) and as board member at the Association of Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools (AHIGS).

Greenhalgh commented on her appointment as principal of TIGS, saying she is excited to accept the invitation of the TIGS school council to become school’s new chief.

“I am aware of the school’s good reputation and the solid foundations established by Mrs. Nealy and her team. I look forward to building upon these for the benefit of TIGS students and staff,” she said in a statement.

Greenhalgh also noted that she is a firm believer of the importance of “a holistic education that includes music, sport, outdoor education, debating, and other worthwhile activities,” adding that she will always prioritise the classroom.

“I will primarily focus on high-quality teaching and learning, and I am looking forward to ensuring that TIGS offers its students an education that is rigorous, engaging, and purposeful,” she said.