Our Principal

Mrs Louise Robert-Smith has had a career in education spanning over four decades across the government and independent sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Indonesian and French, a Diploma of Education and a Master of Education, from the University of Sydney.

Throughout her career she has been active in professional associations for languages and educational leadership including the Modern Language Teachers’ Association, the Secondary Principals’ Council, The Association of Heads of Independent Schools and the Australian Council for Educational Leadership. In 2010 she was Chair of the organising committee for the Annual Conference of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. Her most recent appointments were as Principal of North Sydney Girls’ High School and as Headmistress of Ascham School in Sydney.

In 2006 she was approached by AustCare to be their Ambassador for Indonesia. In that capacity she toured Austcare's projects in Aceh after the tsunami devastation. When Austcare became ActionAid Australia she changed portfolios to Ambassador for Education until 2011.

Her passion for and commitment to the education and empowerment of girls has been a dominant theme in her career. In particular she has promoted awareness of research in gender and brain development and in developing teaching and support strategies to enhance the confidence and life choices of adolescents in the light of this research.

Louise Robert-Smith is currently a member of the Salvation Army Sydney Advisory Board and a Director of the Advisory Board, School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of NSW. She was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Faculty of Education and Social Work of the University of Sydney from 2007 to 2015 and an Honorary Member of the Faculty during that time. She was a monthly contributor to the educational journal of Australian consultancy firm Circle for schools and school leaders from 2013 to 2015.