Caralyn Dea, Director of international education and boarding, Toorak College
Two years ago, in the midst of a decline in boarding school enrolments across Australia, Caralyn Dea embarked on a plan to attract students to Toorak College. Her solution was to cater for international families looking for a combination of lifestyle and rigorous academics within an environment of unparallelled support. Thanks to renovations to the college’s facilities, improved systems and procedures, and a commitment to raising the expectations of each student, the school’s boarding sector started to see significant change. Toorak’s recruitment process improved with 24-hour turnaround, support networks for international students were overhauled and re-established, and English entry levels were raised.