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Helen Jackson

Helen Jackson's dedication to youth and learning was the driving force of her service to education.

Honour Roll

"At school it's the idea of really inspiring the girls that they are unique and important. When people ask me what is important, I say the individual is important" - Helen Jackson

Over 60 years was dedicated by Helen to improving the educational outcomes for every student she taught. Since 1980 she esd associated with Pascoe Vale Girls College, firstly as Assistant Principal, then Principal from 1987. Today Pascoe Vale Girls College is one of the largest public girls school in Victoria.

Helen said that her proudest achievements are those of her students: "the majority are balanced citizens who reach out into the community. I think this is what is important."

At the time of her induction, at age 77, she was the oldest serving principal and was as vibrant, creative and dynamic as ever. She said she had no intention of retiring as she had so much to give to the college community and beyond.

Teamwork was one of Helen's key philosophies, investing many hours not only to her students, but her staff and the parents. "No matter what your position is and how old you are, you need to listen to what you are hearing from the students and staff as well as providing encouragement and praise - acknowledgement of terrific work that is done."

Helen's contributions to education were at a local, state and national level on many committees including as President and Treasurer of the Victorian Association of Girls State Schools; Victorian state school past representative on the executive of the Alliance of Girls Schools of Australia; principal representative on the Principal Selection Panels and member of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership.

In short Helen believed: "to create a harmonious, learning and stimulating society we need to acknowledge the individual, her talents and her contributions to the lives of all."