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The VPA provides a range of professional development programs for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders each term. Programs are designed to meet the needs of members, and are run by the Association.

Term 1 2018

Supporting New Principal Class Induction Program

Date: Thursday 22 February 

Time: 9am-1pm

Cost: $50

Book: Click here to register

Michael Licenblat will walk you through the 5 stages of personal resilience so that you can be more adaptable and positive, and perform ‘better under pressure.’

Technical Leadership Learning Outcomes - how to manage your HR duties, including:

  • The Probation Process - Brian Wheeler (DET)
  • People and Culture - Elizabeth Kuruvilla (DET)will outline the School Council Election process and current Governance and School Council responsibilities.


Energy for Leadership

Date: Tuesday 27 February 

Time: 9am-12.30pm

Cost: Members $100, Non-Members $120 (incl. GST)

Book: Click here to register

This  program,  based  on  the  tenets  of  positive  psychology  and  energy  management  theory,  will  enable  participants  to  consider  their  own  practices  and  mind-sets  with  a  view  to  staying  strong and resilient as they lead their school communities.


Managing Difficult Conversations

Date: Wednesday 28 February 

Time: 9am-12.30pm

Cost: Members $100, Non-Members $120 (incl. GST)

Book: Click here to register

VASSP and the VPA are offering this highly interactive workshop designed to give you an edge when conducting potentially difficult conversations with parents or staff. 

The workshop session will include:

  • identifying potentially difficult conversation scenarios
  • top Tips for conducting difficult conversations
  • scenarios, approaches and feedback.


Wellbeing Empowering Leaders (WEL) Program

Dates & Locations:


Cost: Members $1,300, $1,750 Non-Members. Small school (150) group discount if 3 principals sign up together $1000 per member or $1300 per non-member.
Book: Click here to register

Principal Class members are critical in the success of a school. Both APPA and VPA believe that you need to take the time to look after your health and wellbeing for yourself, your students, your school and to model effective leadership habits. This three day professional learning program for leaders includes five hours of individual coaching over six months.



Reports for the 21st Century


Date: Wednesday 8 March
Time: 9.00am-12.30pm
Cost: Members $100, Non-Members $120 (incl. GST)

Book: Click here to register. 


VASSP and the VPA, along with Rob Newton are offering this new, morning workshop designed to engage you in a discussion about the powers of continuous reporting and how feedback helps schools engage parents in their child’s learning. 



Leading e-learning in the Classroom

Date: Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 31 May
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Participants from a VPA member’s school $500 (incl GST) 
          Participants from a non-member’s school $600 (incl GST) 

Book: Click here to register. 

This two part workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Douch. Andrew delivered a highly successful workshop at last year’s conference and is highly regarded for his innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Session 1 – Reclaiming class time for active learning 
Session 2 – Creative uses of reclaimed class time 

School Governance - Strategic Management for School Leaders Module 10

Date: Monday 26 March
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Cost: $30

Book: Click here to register. 

VASSP, VPA and the Bastow Institute, along with Sharon Butler from Silent Partners, offer this workshop to leaders who wish to develop their understanding and skills in the role as Executive Officer of School Council. 

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