Principal’s Welcome

Our Principal

Mr Roger Herbert commenced as Principal of St Philip’s College on July 1, 2016.

Roger was previously Head of Timbertop, in Victoria, a co-educational Boarding School for Year 9 students which is part of Geelong Grammar School. It has a strong emphasis on Experiential Learning, Outdoor Education and Positive Education combined with a rigorous academic programme. He held that position for the past ten years, providing outstanding leadership and considerable stability.

Prior to being Head of Timbertop, Roger held a number of other positions of responsibility including four years as Head of Outdoor Education also at Timbertop as well as three years as Director of Operations at Prem Tinsulanonda Centre in Thailand and Director at Wollangarra Centre for Education.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching and Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

Roger is married to Susan and has two sons, Jem and Mattie, and a daughter, Ellie. His interests include chess, musicals, many sports including cricket and Australian Rules Football (Melbourne), and exploring the world. 

A Message from the Principal

During its history, St Philip’s College has developed a reputation for academic excellence, a long established tradition linked to the Uniting Church and a co-curricular programme based on Kurt Hahn’s philosophy which includes a nationally recognised Outdoor Education programme, commitment to the International Round Square organisation and a substantial Community Service programme. In addition, St Philip’s College takes great pride in offering a quality Arts programme. These programmes demonstrate our endeavour to provide the best all-round education for our students by fully supporting them in their emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual and social development. Our aspiration is for St Philip's College students to ‘To strive, to seek and to care’. We look beyond the ordinary to achieve the extraordinary.

In encouraging our students to realise their full potential, we place a major emphasis on a creative and innovative teaching and learning environment, both within and outside the classroom. We encourage perseverance, tolerance and promote dignity in order to enhance interpersonal communication skills and to promote a growth mindset which is outward-looking so that our students are ready to make a positive contribution in the world they live.

At St Philip's College we look forward to working with all parents so their son or daughter can achieve their personal best.