Issue No. 57 - February/March 2011
Principal shouts out for business input
An interest in developing links between schools and business has led Susan Hyde to the pinnacle of her profession.
Susan, the new Principal of Adelaide’s worldrenowned Australian Science and Mathematics School, finds the role has given her even greater scope to help students and their potential employers change the face of learning.
Susan is breathing new life into science and maths, disciplines that have seen a steady exodus of students in recent years. She is also alerting the wider business community – and State and Federal Governments – to the need to focus on these core skills to better tailor our workforce to meet future needs.
“The charter of the ASMS is to transform science and mathematics education,” Susan says. “This charter is not accidental. It responds to the fact that young people are turning away from science and mathematics and this is creating a crisis in the number of people qualified to take up science and engineering careers and trades.
“For a state that is about to embark on a large defence industry, this skills crisis is not good news.”
Susan brings more than 30 years of education experience to ASMS. In the past 23 years she has held leadership roles in various public schools across SA including Port Augusta, Salisbury East High School and most recently Blackwood High.