7 Questions with Phillip Nash

Name: Phillip Nash

Current title: Principal

Current organisation: Green Point Christian College in Australia

Phillip has been in education for 35 years and in Christian schooling in New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia for 29 of those. He is currently at Green Point Christian College in New South Wales, Australia and enjoys helping schools focus on their purpose in the lives of students.

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1. What have you found most challenging as a Christian school leader?

What is most challenging is getting those involved to really grasp what it means to think Biblically about education and apply that in what they do in the school. This means in every aspect, not just in the classroom but perhaps especially in the boardroom.

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I rise early to have breakfast, sometimes walk, then read the Scriptures and pray before doing some reading or checking social media. Off to school then home by 5:00 to catch up with my wife, have dinner, then usually some school work, study or reading before bed.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Remain calm at all times, set a clear vision for the school and stick at bringing that into reality. An even temperament and a liking for people are requisites for good leadership.

4. What one book has had the most profound impact on your Christian school leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

'Remaking a Broken World' by Christopher Ash (2010). Not a book on leadership as such but one that stimulated me to think about the impact of my school on playing a role in equipping graduates to be involved in God's redemptive plan for the world. Shaped my thinking about our task as School leaders.

5. How do you find and keep great Christian teachers?

Find them by asking around about who is really good and keep them by giving them a vision for their task that excites and stimulates them. Then care for them and support them to achieve great things.

6. What's most important as a Christian school leader for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

Being a wise, calm and strategic leader who runs a focused, productive and meaningful school.

7. If you had to pick just one story, what would be the most meaningful story from your time as a Christian school leader so far?

The way past students and staff keep in touch and thank me for helping them to see what a future focused on redemptive action might be like.