Head of Abbotsleigh Junior School honoured
L-R: Senator The Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training; Ms Sally Ruston, Head of Abbotsleigh Junior School; and the Hon. Tanya Pliberserk MP, Shadow Minister for Education.
Ms Sally Ruston, Head of Abbotsleigh Junior School since 2000, has been honoured with a lifetime membership to the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 8 November.
The award was given in recognition of Ms Ruston’s enduring and significant contributions to the Australian Primary Principals Association.
The APPA is the national professional association for primary school principals in Australia, representing affiliated state and territory Government, Catholic and Independent primary schools with over 7,000 members. Their objective is to advocate for Australian primary school principals and the education and wellbeing of primary school students.
Ms Ruston has had significant involvement with APPA over the past eight years, having contributed extensively to curriculum at a national level with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority on behalf of APPA.
“For me, the greatest and most humbling honour is to be recognised by peers who are so well respected as leaders in education in Australia,” said Ms Ruston.
Ms Ruston has been leading Abbotsleigh’s Junior School as its Head since 2000. She holds a Masters in Education from University of Sydney and has been a former Federal President of Independent Primary Schools Heads of Australia (IPSHA) and is a current member of the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) Leadership Centre Council. In 2015, Ms Ruston was the winner of the John Laing Award for professional development by the Principals Australia Institute.
The APPA said that Ms Ruston holds a deep understanding of primary education and has dedicated herself to building the capacity of principals. “Her contribution always gave clear and eloquent voice to the position of, and challenges faced by, primary schools, their communities and their principals and staff. Sally’s knowledge of curriculum meant she was often called upon to lead discussion during the development and review of Australian Curriculum. As a highly respected school leader, Sally continues to offer her expertise willingly and in the knowledge that every child deserves a quality education,” said the APPA.
The lifetime membership to the Australian Primary Principals Association was presented to Ms Ruston at Parliament House by Senator The Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training; and the Hon. Tanya Pliberserk MP, Shadow Minister for Education.