Phil Fitzsimons, Principal, Findon High School
Phil Fitzsimons has transformed Findon High School by implementing a student-empowered model of learning in an incredibly short period of time. Through this model, vulnerable young people are engaging in their learning journeys and entering into partnerships with community enterprises and organisations, creating a safety net of support and belonging.
The school held a forum on student-centred learning that included the community and parents, which forged a unity of purpose. Local businesses gave input on the graduate capabilities needed for the workplace, and Findon students acted on this information to develop a learning model that will teach students hands-on skills and put them on a solid path to employment in the industries of the future.