Tatachilla Lutheran College (SA)
A principal of Lutheran colleges since the young age of 27, Cain McDonald left a mark on his first school when he introduced new classes and streams while overseeing critical building projects that attracted millions of dollars in government funding. In 2015, at age 35, McDonald was appointed principal of Tatachilla Lutheran College, and has already overseen a restructure of leadership across the whole school, rolled out a 1:1 iPad program, commenced the development of a framework and understanding of the culture of a thinking school, introduced positive psychology practices in the school, and is embarking on a full master plan and strategic review of the college. McDonald has done all this with a leadership style that shows ‘wisdom beyond his years’, due to his ‘measured team approach to decisionmaking’. His leadership is variously described as empowering, approachable, supportive and compassionate, and he has gained high respect among staff by fostering professional and personal respect in his team.