New to the helm at Borroloola School


An educator with more than 42 years teaching experience has been appointed the new principal of Borroloola School.

Stephen Pelizzo has been chosen to head the remote Gulf of Carpentaria school after working as the co-principal of Yogyakarta International School in Indonesia, and as acting principal or principal in urban, regional and remote schools in the Northern Territory.

Of Borroloola School, the one-time outstation teacher said: “I consider teaching to be a vocation, and to be able to spend my days with the dedicated teachers and Aboriginal staff of this school is a privilege. I truly love my job, finding it complex and demanding, but with little nuggets of joy sprinkled throughout each day.

“During my career I have learned that leadership is always about people, be they staff, students, parents or community members. Efficient and honest management helps, as do good policies and structures, but eventually the main game is understanding, empathising, and working respectfully with people.

“My main aspirations for Borroloola School are to develop a more involved, informed and proactive school council, advance a culture in which staff feel they are valued team members with opportunities for professional growth, and make sure students always look forward to school.”

Mr Pelizzo has been principal at Wugularr, Kalkaringi, Ngukurr, Adelaide River, Alyarrmandumanja Umbakumba, and Katherine Group schools, and Gray, Anula, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek primary schools.

Stephen Pelizzo

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