Wyrallah Road Public School (NSW)
A principal who ‘leads by example’ and has ‘the ability to inspire teachers to be better at what they do’, Gareth Hockings is focused on leading Lismore’s largest primary school through a period of educational change. Bringing a high level of professionalism to interactions with the school community, Hockings has developed strong connections that ensure wide involvement in school planning and a unified, long-term vision. Hockings also works tirelessly to ensure staff are at the forefront of educational change, in line with his philosophy to make ‘the next thing they do, the best thing they do’. Recently, he was one of a small number of school leaders selected to be a part of a professional growth study working closely with international colleagues, school education directors, and university academics in an effort to improve school performance on the North Coast of NSW.