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ICP Magazine - April 2024

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Student Wellbeing and Mental Health

Members of the ICP Student Leaders Forum, composed of student representatives from across the globe, held a facilitated virtual meeting on March 17th 2024 to discuss student wellbeing and mental health.  The outcomes from this dynamic meeting have been correlated into a position document which we now present to the ICP Executive for their attention and consideration.

Lessons from John Bruton and the Art of Leading with Grace

As I tuned into the funeral of our former Prime Minister, John Bruton, a poignant scene unfolded before me, capturing the essence of leadership and humanity. The gathering of leaders, once divided by their ideologies and policies, now stood united in their respect and...

New Year’s Message from the ICP President – January 2024

'Let us cling together as the years go by;Oh my love, my loveIn the quiet of the nightLet our candle always burnLet us never lose the lessons we have learned.' These beautiful words of Brian May resonate in my mind as the new year begins. He wrote this song after...

Four Things I Learnt from ICP’s COP 28 Seminar

Welcome Mhlanga told us  that ‘school leaders have to lead’. If we want the response to the world’s changing climate to have a high profile in our schools and associations, then the example has to come from the top. It is not an issue to delegate to others. We...

The View from the COP

When I told my family in Liverpool that I had been given the chance to attend the COP, they assumed that I was referring to the Kop at Anfield and that I had somehow managed to but tickets to watch my beloved football club. Sadly I haven’t got any football tickets,...

Walking On in Rovaniemi

I am writing this article a few days after the ending of our Council meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland. Given that our time together saw the release of the latest Principal Health Barometer survey from Finland, it might be expected that the meeting would have a rather...

Postcard from Eswatini

It was a great privilege to be invited to be the guest speaker at the African Confederation of Principals Conference in Eswatini. I had heard a great deal about ACP from my colleagues, particularly my predecessor as ICP President, Alta Van Heerden, who was a former...

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Who Cares for the School Principal?

Many ICP colleagues have asked us to re-publish this wonderfully perceptive article by ICP's former President, the late Alta Van Heerden The wellbeing of school principals has been the study of Prof. Phil Riley and others for a number of years. Statistics coming out...

Postcard from Kenya

If I had to use two words to sum up my time as ICP President it would be ‘a privilege’. To have the opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues across the world is a once in a lifetime experience that I will always treasure and value. This week, as I stood up...