Elizabeth McDougall

Current School

Sacred Heart College

Previous Position

Principal - St Cuthbert’s Catholic School

First Year as a Principal


My big picture for my current school is

Create an inclusive community where learning is valued; where difference is respectfully embraced and everyone is challenged to excel and generously share their gifts.

The Joy of Principalship is

Joining students and staff on their learning journey and witnessing their growth and success. Never knowing what each day will bring and surviving the unexpected!

Favourite Book

Entwined – Lynda La Plante

Favourite Food

Italian (or anything I don’t have to cook!)


  • Spending time with family
  • Catching up with friends
  • Reading – particularly a good crime novel with a twist in the tale.

My Favourite Well-Being Strategy

A quiet coffee with a good book

Advice for a Beginning Principal

Take time to immerse yourself in your new community. Listen to the staff room conversations, chat with parents at drop-off and pick up times. Hold fast to your values, walk the walk, as well as talk the talk!

Favourite Leadership Quote

"Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in their leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.” Eleanor Roosevelt

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

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