Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai) (17:26:05): Ku-ring-gai has the best public and private schools in Australia. I note the recent departure of one of its principals, Vicki Waters, who has just stepped down after nearly 12 years at the helm of Pymble Ladies' College. The college has always boasted a strong academic record and exceptional co-curricular programs. As the head of more than 2,000 students and 600 staff, Vicki introduced a twenty-first century learning culture to the college, providing a more personalised education for the girls, prioritising people and culture and emphasising sustainability and community. Vicki was behind the school's Towards 2020 strategic vision, which has, among other things, enabled the establishment of a forward-facing curriculum that more effectively prepares students for the future with a desire and ability to make a difference in the world. Rather than guiding her students towards traditional career paths, Vicki has always maintained that, in her words:
Our business is educating the entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders of the future.
I congratulate Vicki on her positive transformation of the college and I wish her well in her future endeavours. I also congratulate the new principal, Dr Kate Hadwen, on her appointment and I look forward to meeting her in the near future.