Meet the Principal
The King’s College Principal, Ian Elder, brings a lifetime of experience in the Education Industry to the role. He has worked in government, rural, and Catholic schools and has taken two new schools on their journey to full establishment.
He is an experienced Principal of nearly 20 years, having held this position at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento, and Santa Maria College, Attadale. He has also used his knowledge to further grow the sector. From 2017 to 2020 he was an educational consultant conducting school reviews, principal reviews, and principal mentoring while also working with the Fogarty Foundation that supports schools from low socio-economic regions onto a journey of academic and school improvement.
With an educational philosophy that focuses on the type of student who graduates from the College, Ian says “It’s important students graduate with a sense of compassion, a willingness to help others, a strong sense of social justice and a desire to improve our society, all of which are based on gospel values”.
He believes the college needs to be Student focused and Christ centred, and that students should be given every opportunity to become leaders with a voice in their school. “They need to be in an environment that promotes a love of learning and a belief that everyone can improve. Success is achieving your personal best” says Mr Elder.
His goal is that The King’s College becomes a sought after “school of choice” in the region. To achieve that vision, he promotes four pillars that make up a Holistic Education: Spiritual, Academic, Sporting, and Cultural. The college seeks to offer outstanding experiences for students in each of these domains.