Josephine Blackley - Principal


Qualifications: Master of Education
Accredited Leadership Coach
Graduate Diploma of Education Administration
Diploma of Primary Teaching

Professional Interests and Expertise: I have worked in Catholic education for 36 years. During this time I worked as a classroom teacher for 22 years, held various leadership roles including Acting Principal, Deputy Principal, School Adviser Learning and Teaching for Catholic Education Melbourne and now as Principal of Christ the King Newcomb. I have worked closely with leading educators ( Dr Julia Atkin, Dr Jeni Wilson, Dr Muriel Wells, Lane Clarke and Daniel Birch). These opportunities have provided me with a wealth of knowledge and experience in understanding how people learn (both students and teachers), and more importantly how to create the conditions for others to learn and lead. During these last 36 years I have taken every opportunity to learn by undertaking extra study, professional development and engage in ongoing leadership coaching. I have worked extensively with school leaders across the Western Region and am currently the Geelong Principal Rep for the Victorian Association of Catholic Primary School Principals.


Recent Professional Development:

Martin Seligman (Positive Psychology) - Geelong Grammar School

Family School Partnerships Study Tour - Santa Fe, New Mexico

VACPSP Conference - Courageous Leadership - Lorne

5th National Growth Coaching in Education Conference - Melbourne

ICON Training - Catholic Education Melbourne

Understanding Autism - Sue Larkey

Raising Your Child in a Digital World - Dr Kristy Goodwin

Principal Induction Course- Catholic Education Office, Melbourne

Emotional Intelligence - Kaye Blackbourne - Geelong

Coaching Accreditation - Growth Coaching International - Melbourne

Google Summit- Wyndamvale Secondary College

Leadership Coaching - Monica O’Toole


Drive: I will always be a teacher at heart and whilst I do not work directly with my students, I take every opportunity to work with my staff to develop their skills and dispositions to be the best they can be. It is a privilege to be responsible for shaping the Catholic ethos of our school and I endeavour to do this by being a good role model and by respecting the human dignity of staff, students and parents. It is my strong desire to continue to make a difference to our school, not only in terms of facilities but also in ensuring that our students have high aspirations, a strong sense of self worth and a social conscience that leads them to want to make a difference to others. In my 36 years as an educator, it has been a privilege to know and have worked with so many people across so many settings, none more so than the staff, students and parents of the Christ the King school community.