Dr Anne Sarros
BA DipEd (La Trobe) BEd, MEd, PhD, (Melb) MACE
Dr Sarros was appointed Firbank's eighth Principal and took up her role in October 2004 having previously been Deputy Principal of Toorak College, Mt Eliza.
After completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne and lecturing at tertiary level, Dr Sarros chose to return to the school environment where her energies have been directed into working to develop curriculum and enhance the learning opportunities for all students.
Dr Sarros has an unwavering belief in the value of single sex education for girls at the secondary level and a commitment to supporting all students in striving to achieve their best. She also supports staff professional learning and staff development, believing that providing the best teachers will promote success for student outcomes. She believes in collaborative decision making and working with collegial teams.
Dr Sarros has a strong commitment to values which underpin the School's program and believes in the importance of Firbank students giving of themselves to the wider community through an active community service program both in Australia and overseas.
Dr Sarros contributes to the wider educational community as a Council member of the Victorian Institute of Teaching, which is a ministerial appointment, and presenting at national and international conferences.
Dr Sarros was invited to speak at two international conferences. She presented a paper on Leadership and Strategic Planning at the Leadership and Innovation Forum at Prato, Italy. In Sheffield, England, she presented a paper at the British Academy of Management on the role of the School Principal as Chief Executive Officer.
In July 2012, Dr Sarros attended the 12th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations in Chicago. She co-presented a paper with her husband, Professor James Sarros, on "Transformational Culture Change: A Working Case Study".
In July 2013, Dr Sarros will present a paper at the BELMAS International Conference on Board Alignment in the Indepdendent School sector.
Dr Sarros announced her resignation as Principal of Firbank after nine years to become effective at the end of 2013.
The Chairman of the Firbank Board, Mr Peter Trumble, announced the appointment of Ms Heather Norton, BEd, MEd Admin, MACE, MACEL, MAICD, as the new Principal of Firbank from the commencement of the school year in 2014.