BA (UON), Grad. Dip.Ed (Macq. U), MAM Ed (UON)
As Principal of Fahan School, Penny leads a passionate group of educators and professional staff who are deeply committed to delivering a world-class education to girls in an independent school setting.
Fahan School has long offered girls and young women an environment in which they are given every chance to flourish. They are cared for and educated in an inclusive, positive and dynamic school environment which cherishes and fosters excellence, resilience and creativity. A rich and impressive history of educating and empowering girls who contribute deeply and authentically to the community, is paired with a sharply-focused eye on the future of education and work. Fahan is a school that has a clear sense of purpose, an extraordinarily beautiful campus and a deep connection to its community.
Penny comes to Fahan School from the Hunter Valley in NSW where she held the position of Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at Hunter Valley Grammar School. She trained as a Modern Languages teacher and has taught French and Japanese for over 20 years to students in Junior and Senior Schools in Sydney, Lismore, Albury and most recently, Maitland. Penny is a proud graduate of the University of Newcastle and was a member of the Alumni Advisory Committee for a number of years, and is a member of the Australian Council of Education Leaders. Penny is both proud and humbled to lead Fahan School and acknowledges that Fahan draws on a rich past to navigate the present and the future. It proudly embodies continuity, tradition, and integrity in a rapidly changing world. It seeks to balance the transmission of timeless values from its history with a keen anticipation for current and prospective cultural norms.
Penny’s guiding principles are values-laden and student centred. “I want a Fahan girl to stride with dignity and purpose into the future with the capacity to create and navigate her own opportunities and outcomes. My commitment to all at Fahan then, is a deliberate and uncompromising focus on enhancing the values and the strength of the Fahan School Community. It is exciting and a great privilege to lead this community, and I encourage you to make an appointment to meet with me as I would be proud to show you our wonderful School in action and speak with you about the opportunities that exist for your daughter as a Fahan girl.”