Published on January 17th, 2017 | by St Peter's College


An Important Announcement from the Chairman

I wish to advise that Simon Murray has informed me that he intends to retire as Headmaster of St Peter’s College at the end of Term 2 this year. Simon has had an outstanding 43-year teaching career and has been a Headmaster across three schools for a total of 27 years, including seven years at Saints. Simon intends to pursue other career opportunities and also to spend more time with family.

Simon has been an outstanding Headmaster of St Peter’s College. Through his vision, innovation and dedication Saints is in an excellent position with record enrolments, upgraded facilities, substantially improved financial operating results, a terrific staff including an excellent Senior Leadership Team, and market leading academic results. Importantly for Simon, and for your Council, academic results have improved for boys of all abilities – borne out of a vigorous evidence based approach to learning and teaching.

Under Simon’s leadership Saints is acknowledged as a global leader in Wellbeing and Positive Education which have impacted positively on boys of all ages as well as staff and many parents. The School has also been proud to share our knowledge, research and expertise for the benefit of young people in a multitude of schools across Australia.

Simon will also be remembered for the introduction of Middle Schooling into Saints, including the development of the beautifully repurposed Pentreath Building, as well as our Outdoor Education program Pushing The Boundaries, which in time will be a hallmark of a Saints education.

Your Council has commenced the recruitment process, which includes the assistance of an executive search firm to identify the right leader from an international field of candidates to become the 15th Headmaster at one of the world’s most prestigious schools for boys.

I believe that Simon’s legacy will be felt for generations to come. While I support his decision to move in a new direction in his life, the School community and I will miss him greatly. There will be appropriate opportunities for you to honour Simon for his wonderful contribution and to thank and farewell Simon and Patsy in due course.


Joe Thorp
Chairman, Council of Governors

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