I am delighted to be part of the Cornish College community. The College’s commitment to education for a sustainable future, and its holistic and innovative approach to student development is strongly aligned with my educational philosophy. As a teacher I have had the privilege of working with young people, not only to develop their skills in English or their love of literature, but to serve and engage them and to support their growth as individuals and as citizens.
This is a remarkable time to be working with young people in education as we reframe the experience of schools in response to a rapidly changing world.
The story of the foundation of Cornish College in 2012 is one of community effort, persistence, courage and vision. This school thrives today because of the community’s deep belief in our educational philosophy of preparing students for life.
Our students are learning about how they can make a difference today and as adults. Our vision of sustainable living is all encompassing and includes the personal, socio-cultural, urban/technological and environmental dimensions.
This is a vibrant school community, with a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. We recognise the importance of academic rigour, creativity and developing strong foundation skills for learning.
I invite you to explore our website and learn more about how our students benefit from the unique education that Cornish College provides.
Vicki joined Cornish College in January 2016 after 11 years as Principal of Ravenswood School, a highly regarded day and boarding school on the North Shore of Sydney.
Vicki holds combined English and Politics honours degrees and a Master of Arts in English, from the University of Melbourne. Commencing her career as an English teacher in Victorian government and independent schools, she later moved to the Victorian Public Service to work in the Public Service Board, Department of Labour, State Training Board and Community Services Victoria.
Vicki returned to teaching in 1992 as Head of English and subsequently Head of the Senior School at Lowther Hall Anglican Girls’ Grammar School. Following this she was appointed Vice-Principal of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) prior to commencing as Principal at Ravenswood School.
Cornish College will be the third Uniting Church School in which Vicki has worked in a senior role.
Vicki is married to Richard Cooney, an academic at Monash University, and they have three adult children.
Vicki has maintained a lifelong passion for learning through her studies and her work. She keenly engages with the international educational community through social media and her blog posts on www.doesthis.wordpress.com