When school leaders thrive, schools thrive


VASSP focusses on the issues close to the hearts of its members.  Discussing issues with and being supported by 'like minded' colleagues has been instrumental in my growth as a principal.”

Tim Blunt, Principal, Sunshine College

Field Services

The provision of Field Services is an important element of the services and support offered to members of the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals. The Association employs four Field Officers who are available to provide confidential advice and support for members including Principals, Assistant Principals and those who are acting in either the Principal or Assistant Principal role. Field Officers are recently retired Principals who bring significant wisdom and expertise to their role of supporting members.

Field Officers are:

  • recent members of the Principal Class

  • available via mobile telephone, email and in person to provide consistent, up to date and relevant professional advice and support to members

  • available to counsel and assist members in their leadership role and visit schools as appropriate

  • here to respond to email, telephone or personal inquiries on specific issues of concern, educational leadership matters, student resource package and school funding, staffing processes, human resource management, school facilities maintenance processes and any other concerns relevant to the principal class role

  • available to help members with MPB and other hearings as required

  • here to support the work of designated Regional Groups

Project Services

To access Project Services, please contact Ian Wallis at [email protected] , or any of the project officers listed below.

We offer:

Customised, on-site and independent project advice, professional development and logistical support in most areas of school operations, including:

►Leadership growth and development through workshops and coaching
►School Improvement Review processes, including assisting with your pre-review school self-evaluation, and development of both your Strategic Plan and AIPs, as well as sitting on Peer Review panels as Challenge Partners
►Financial and workforce planning
►Facilities planning and preparation
►Curriculum support through Esther Weichert’s learning architecture design approach
►School Policy and Workforce reviews
►In depth individualized support
►Other services, as negotiated

The Project Services Team

Ian Wallis (Coordinator) Former Principal, Sale High School and Sale College
Esther Weichert Former Leading Teacher, Wellington Secondary College and currently working in a number of schools helping curriculum teams to design curriculum and implement quality differentiation plans
Ross Bevege, Formerly an RNL, and Principal at both Maryborough Regional College and Berwick SC
Lyn Boyle, Former principal at Lara SC
Steve Boyle Former principal at Corio Bay Senior College, a SARRP,and SEIL, and an Acting Assistant Director

Our Field Officers – Noel Claridge (formerly principal at Eaglehawk SC), Marie Ghirardello (Wheelers Hill), Sue Peddlesden (formerly Principal at Gleneagles SC) and Garry Schultz (Belmont HS)

Schools That Have Used Our Services

Should you might want to check how useful schools have found our work, you might like to contact one or two of the following schools or their principals:

Melbourne Girls College (Karen Money), Mildura Senior College (Belinda Hudak), Drouin SC (Deb Gentle), Western Port SC (Michael Devine), Wm Ruthven SC (Judi Benney), Mullauna College (Barbara Laidlaw), McClelland College (Amadeo Ferra), Kew HS (Clare Entwisle), Mt Erin SC (Karen Lee), Patterson River SC (Daniel Dew), Ringwood SC (Michael Phillips), Fountain Gate SC (Pete Hanratty), Reservoir HS (Andrew McNeil), Mornington SC (Linda Stanton), Kambrya College (Keith Perry), Cranbourne East SC (Mandee Strickland).

There are many more, and too numerous to list.

How the program works

In 2021, the charge will be $100 per hour for any work:

►on site,
►on documentation, or 
►in preparation and follow up,

*plus any travel costs we incur. Travel is charged at 60 cents/km, plus $30 per hour after the first hour of travel. VASSP invoices you monthly and pays the project officers who act as contractors.

Download a Project Services flyer


VASSP Office

Unit 2, 13-21 Vale Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051
03) 9320 7100
[email protected]