Dr Adam Forsyth is an outstanding educational professional. His educational philosophy is based upon the holistic education of every child and the importance of nourishing the strengths and needs of each individual student. Dr Forsyth has embraced the role of Principal of Collegiate, drawn by the School’s vibrant and supportive community, unique heritage, extraordinary academic success and ongoing commitment to innovation. He brings impressive leadership experience across 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.
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.