Published on August 2, 2019
After a lengthy recruitment process, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Fiona Devlin as the Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School.
Mrs Devlin is presently the Director of College and Community Engagement at Loyola College, Watsonia, Melbourne. She has a Master of Education from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Her teaching areas are Senior Biology, Science and PDHPE.
Loyola College is a co-educational Catholic independent school known for its outstanding performing arts, its welcoming community and for developing the academic standards and wellbeing of all students through the lens of Positive Education. Loyola College is a day school for students in Years 7 – 12 with a student population of 1350. They will celebrate 40 years in 2020 and it would have been Mrs Devlin’s responsibility to lead and manage those celebrations.
Mrs Devlin has held her current role since 2017. It is senior executive role which involves engaging students, staff and parents in college-wide events, as well as developing strong partnerships with external networks and the local community. She has oversight of all aspects of communications including marketing, public relations and promotion of the College to the broader community. Mrs Devlin works closely with the Principal and Business Manager to ensure the smooth running of the College and oversees all policy and long-term strategic planning.
Prior to her current role, Mrs Devlin was a Head of House for eight years, a key leadership position within the school, responsible for: the pastoral care, academic welfare, behaviour management and wellbeing of over 200 students in the house; the leadership and professional learning of a team of eleven mentor/teaching staff.
Prior to Loyola College, Mrs Devlin was at Queen Ethelburga’s College (York, England), an ELC-13, co-educational, independent boarding and day school. Set upon 220 acres of countryside, the school is known for its outstanding facilities and is ranked in the top ten boarding schools in the UK. She was Head of Senior Years and Director of Sport & Head of Physical Education in her time there.
Mrs Devlin has presented at National Conferences: Wellbeing in Schools Australia Conference (Melbourne); Boosting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Schools Conference (Melbourne) and Improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools conference (Melbourne).
Mrs Devlin is a Director on the Board of Trustees of Jesuit Mission – their work involves international community projects in the Developing World that provide empowerment and education to the local communities. She has just returned from visiting programs in Thailand, where her main focus has been supporting the Pakistan refugee and asylum seeker community.
Mrs Devlin will commence in mid-January 2020 and parents will be given the opportunity to meet her in the first week of Term 1.
Welcome to Hunter Valley Grammar School Mrs Devlin.