New Principal Announced

New Principal Announced

Wednesday 25 July

On behalf of the St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls School Council I am delighted to announce the appointment of Fiona Johnston as the new Principal to lead our school community from 2019.

Fiona is currently Head of Secondary School at the Australian International School in Singapore. In this role she has responsibility for a student population of approximately 1200 secondary students from Years 6 – 12, with a team of 120 staff, delivering both Australian and international curriculums, primarily for expatriate students.

I know you will look forward to meeting Fiona when she joins St Hilda’s at the start of next year. She will commence her position after we farewell our current Principal Kim Kiepe, who is departing Perth to take up her new role as Principal at Somerville House in Brisbane.

The members of your School Council selected Fiona from a wide range of applicants because of her outstanding leadership skills and capacity to act as a role model for our students and staff. She has a clear vision for the future of girls’ education; a wide range of educational experiences; and she has demonstrated her commercial acumen in guiding the growth of a complex and sophisticated secondary school that shares many of the challenges faced by leading schools, like St Hilda’.

Originally from Brisbane, Fiona completed her tertiary qualifications in Queensland and Victoria. She taught in the United Kingdom and in Queensland – including at Stuartholme School and the Anglican Church Grammar School, prior to commencing at the Australian International School in 2012.

I have now spent considerable time with Fiona and firmly believe she will bring a dynamic leadership style to the role of Principal that will benefit both current and future students, our parental group, and the entire school community.

Your Council has absolute confidence that we have secured a leader of the highest quality for St Hilda’s who will both drive and guide the evolution of our school during the next decade as the education we provide continues to be shaped by a combination of technology and the changing needs of our society.

Fiona has a clear vision that education must be about personal growth and wellbeing at all levels, with each individual being given the opportunity to specialise in those areas where their talents and interest lie. We believe that through her words, actions and achievements Fiona will be a role model who will continue to focus on preparing our girls for the future.

Fiona is currently still living in Singapore with her family, so we have provided this video introduction to enable you to hear from her direct.

Fiona assumes leadership of St Hilda’s from Kim Kiepe at a time when the school is recording impressive academic results and an exciting range of sporting and other co-curricular achievements in state, national and international competitions and activities.

In our conversations with Fiona and her colleagues, it has become very clear to the School Council that one of her strongest skill sets is the ability to lead and empower staff to deliver the best education for each student and to work closely with their parents. She is noted for her collaborative working style and accessibility to all staff to help inform their individual decision-making. I am sure that our dedicated staff will welcome and be excited by Fiona’s appointment.

As Council Chair and a St Hilda’s Old Scholar and current parent, I believe this is an exciting time to be the parent of a daughter. When our daughters are given the right educational opportunities and role models, then there is no limit to what our girls can achieve in the years ahead. Fiona successfully combines a busy career and family life, and she is the right leader to ensure that St Hilda’s remains a pre-eminent girls’ school in Western Australia and that we continue preparing girls for the future.

Fiona will move to Perth with her family in early 2019. Her daughter (Year 6) will attend St Hilda’s and it is intended for her son (Year 9) to be enrolled at our brother school, Christ Church Grammar School. We will ensure that students, parents and Old Scholars of St Hilda’s will have early opportunities to meet with Fiona at a number of events during Term 1 in 2019.

I hope you will join with me in making Fiona and her family feel very welcome in Perth and part of our wider school community, as they will be with us for many years ahead.


Yours sincerely 

Nita Peploe
Chair of Council