Head of School


From the Chairman of School Council, Mr Roger Summerill  
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the School Council has appointed Mrs Judith Nealy as the eighth Head of School at TIGS.
It was indeed a long and protracted process to ensure we undertook a rigorous and comprehensive review for the new Head.

The School Council retained the services of an internationally renowned executive search firm, which resulted in many high calibre applications not only from Sydney and other NSW schools, but also from interstate and overseas.

Judi is well qualified to be appointed.

As the former Head of Junior School and more recently as Deputy Headmaster and Acting Head, Judi is deeply committed to the Academic, Christian and Caring culture of the School.

Judi is an advocate for the inquiry based learning approach offered by the PYP and MYP and sees a strong alignment between this approach and the needs of our students in their future working lives. She also is committed to ensuring that the dual pathways at TIGS of both the HSC and the IB Diploma allow senior students the choice of studying in a way most appropriate to their learning style and future aspirations.

Judi’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Council has been impressed with the way in which Judi took over the position of Acting Head when our previous Head, Mr. Kinsella resigned.

She has instituted a number of important changes which Council believes will assist the School to not only continue to be the leading educational facility in the Illawarra but also be the first school of choice for those Illawarra families wanting the best education for their children. Judi has shown massive amounts of enthusiasm and energy but most of all a passion for the children, staff, parents and the entire School community. 

On behalf of the School Council, I hope you share our delight with the appointment of Judi to lead TIGS in the next exciting era for the School."

A Message from the Head of School  

To lead a school like The Illawarra Grammar school is indeed a great privilege. From the day our school opened its doors on 3 February 1959, TIGS has had an uncompromising commitment to its students – that each child will be encouraged to be the best they can be in all they do.
Our responsibility as educators is to prepare young people for their lives after school as adults in a world characterised by unpreceded rates of change. Technological advancement, globalisation as well as significant political and economic change means that their social and professional futures will be very different from previous generations and will be more mobile and globally connected than ever before. Schools must respond to this future reality for their students.
I am very proud that at TIGS we continue to embrace these challenges through our clear focus on teaching and learning, the embedding of wellbeing for our students and staff enabling them to achieve their best, our attention to staff development and through our review and further enhancement of our learning environments. Our current Strategic Vision and accompanying master plan for our site, TIGS21, place us in a strong position to continue to meet the challenge of educating young people into the future.
It is a huge privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility for educating young people. At TIGS we are focussed on providing relevant and enriching learning that equips students with the contemporary skills, essential knowledge and underpinning values needed to shape their future and contribute meaningfully to both local and global communities. We are proud to observe our Alumni leaving TIGS and operating as next-generation thinkers, innovators and creators.
The School Motto, “from strength to strength” captured the intention of our founding families in 1959 and today this is expressed through the Statement of Mission and its three Core Values:
“The achievement of academic excellence in a caring environment that is founded on Christian belief and behaviour, so that students are equipped to act with wisdom, compassion and justice as faithful stewards of our world.”
TIGS community welcomes students and families that share these values and we look forward to the achievements of our next 50 years - maintaining the traditions of the past while applying the School’s values to the opportunities and challenges of the future. I warmly encourage you to join us for an information session or tour to see for yourself what TIGS has to offer your son or daughter.

Mrs Judi Nealy
Head of School