Meet the Principal

‘When I started at Collegiate, I was immediately drawn in by the vibrant and supportive School community. I love the fact that we have such a unique heritage but are constantly looking forward, to innovate and to continue our record of extraordinary academic success.  My educational philosophy is very much focused on holistic development. There is no room for a ‘one size fits all’ approach anymore. It’s so important that we discover the needs and nourish the strengths of each individual student in a way that lets them really get the most they can out of their time at Collegiate.’

Dr Adam Forsyth’s impressive leadership experience spans the teaching and learning, pastoral care, boarding, staff and community sectors. His previous senior leadership roles include serving as Deputy Headmaster at The Hutchins School; Head of Senior School at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane; Director of Boarding and Senior Housemaster, and Dean of Studies at Brisbane Boys’ College; and Deputy Director of the Summer School at Concord College in Shropshire, England. Dr Forsyth is also a Lay Canon of St. David’s Cathedral in Hobart.

He has a particular passion for science and mathematics and has taught these subjects across Years 7 to 12 in both single-sex and co-educational day and boarding schools in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School of Education at the University of Queensland. Dr Forsyth has enjoyed coaching sports including rugby union, cricket, basketball and netball.

At Collegiate, we are committed to providing a truly holistic educational experience: an academic environment where students are encouraged to realise their full potential coupled with a strong emphasis on pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular opportunities.


Committed to excellence in education, he has been involved in a range of initiatives from Kindergarten to Year 12, including the development and implementation of whole-school strategic plans, designing and delivering the professional development and mentoring of teachers, the development and implementation of teaching and learning and pastoral care frameworks, and designing and conducting student leadership programs and academic skills workshops.

Dr Forsyth holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology, and a Master of Educational Studies from the University of Queensland. He recently had a chapter, Considering the Nature of Science and Religion in Science Education, published in the book What Teachers Need to Know: Topics in Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr Forsyth is married to Megan and they have three children; a daughter at Collegiate and two boys at The Hutchins School.