Lian Davies, Acting principal, Bundoora Secondary College
Bundoora Secondary College, Vic
Lian Davies is described as a “dynamic and inspirational leader” who, in her previous role at Templestowe College, led the development and implementation of an alternate entry pathway for students into bachelor’s degree courses offered by Melbourne’s Swinburne University.
Davies developed the program in partnership with the university on behalf of Templestowe College. Eight students participated in the pilot program, which was such a success that the program has now been adopted by four schools and currently involves 20 students. The program is regarded as a wonderful opportunity for students who suffer from debilitating exam anxiety or are unable to thrive within the VCE system to showcase their abilities in a measurable way that allows them to secure university placement.
In launching this initiative, Davies employed exemplary negotiation and communication skills with students, school staff, parents, university staff and the senior leadership of the university. A colleague praises her “focused and well informed approach, calm and self-assured manner, and outstanding organisational skills and attention to detail”, all of which instilled confidence in stakeholders about this new venture.