Lorna’s appointment concludes an extensive national search which has seen the Board consider an exceptional field of educators to select a leader of outstanding capabilities to continue and bring to life our vision to be a courageous learning community that contributes to the world with wisdom, imagination and integrity.
Born and raised in Ireland, Lorna’s academic credentials are impressive and international, with a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Western Australia and degrees from the University of Dublin and University College Dublin, underpinned by an Erasmus Scholarship at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands and additional courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her expertise bridges the gap between theoretical frameworks and practical application, designing and implementing innovative programs that elevate educational experiences.
Lorna believes in the power of educational relationships and the necessity for schools to foster genuine community connections. Her educational philosophy is forward-thinking, emphasising a school culture that is dynamic, safe, faith-based, and future-focused. She champions a learning environment where students are encouraged to be curious, creative, collaborative and co-designers of their learning and active and informed citizens locally and globally.
Alongside her progressive, strategic, and engaging approach, Lorna radiates warmth and an unwavering commitment to girls’ education. These qualities—combined with her personal values that align with Strathcona’s Christian ethos and commitment to community—made Lorna an outstanding choice to lead our School into the future.
Throughout her career, Lorna has developed wonderful relationships with students, staff and the broader school communities in which she has worked. She is passionate about working in a school environment that is committed to providing programs that support positive student outcomes. Lorna has gained exceptional experience as Deputy Principal at Genazzano FCJ College where she transformed the learning trajectories of both students and staff. Prior to this Lorna worked at some outstanding girls’ schools in Perth including Perth College and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls.
“I am dedicated to leading a school community where education is a vibrant, lived experience – a foundation for both personal development and lifelong learning. I aim to ignite a deep-seated passion for knowledge and a commitment to global citizenship in everyone, acknowledging the distinct value each brings. Together, we will cultivate a culture where the school values of respect, integrity, compassion, courage, and empowerment are taught and actively practised, equipping our students for the world of today and tomorrow.”
We warmly welcome Lorna and her family to our community and look forward to the fresh perspective and robust energy Lorna will bring to our school as we move towards our 100th year with the unstoppable momentum that defines us.