Mr Robert Marshall
MACEL, BEd, GDipOutdoorEd, MEd (Lship&Chge)
Leading St Catherine’s School’s curriculum and academic programs, Mr Robert Marshall’s passion for analysis, strategies and continual improvement ensures the School is at the forefront of pedagogical practice.
What does your role of Director of Teaching and Learning entail?
My key responsibilities in this role are to lead the development of Academic Programs, ensure exemplary teaching practice, instil professional development and guarantee the most effective assessment, reporting and risk management practice at St Catherine’s School. Working closely with Faculty Leaders I ensure the School’s curriculum and its programs are contemporary, challenging and relevant.
Tell us about your academic and professional background.
I have over 30 years experience teaching at schools in Melbourne and Canberra. I have held positions as Head of Boarding, Faculty and Residential campuses, as well as Director of Learning. In each of these positions I have valued curriculum development and the importance of extending best practice in teaching and learning. My most recent position as a Senior Project Director of School Improvement at Australian Council for Educational Research and my Masters of Education in Leadership and Change, has allowed me to develop and explore my passion for maximising student learning programs.
How do you ensure that St Catherine’s is able to offer a range of different subjects to its students?
Whilst St Catherine’s is a relatively small school, which ensures every child is well known and supported, it is also large enough to offer a wide range of academic and co-curricular programs. For example, at VCE level, St Catherine’s provides subjects across a wide range of specialty disciplines. Class sizes ensure individualised attention is provided to support every girl’s learning needs.
What do you like about St Catherine’s School?
St Catherine’s has a unique ‘village’ – where every person is valued. There is a fundamental knowledge within St Catherine’s that understands every girl is capable of successful learning. The School’s culture is built upon mutual trust and respect between teachers, students and parents and where intellectual rigour is paramount.
What are your interests outside of School?
I enjoy cycling, walking, climbing and mountaineering, skiing, reading, bushwalking, gardening and travelling: especially to the Himalayas, Asia and the European Alps.