Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to the David Scott School website, and indeed to our school. I am honoured to be the inaugural Principal of what is an inclusive and innovative place of learning, and am thrilled to share information about the David Scott School as a learning community where students, parents and staff are happy and proud to be. I encourage you to take some time to explore our site and understand what makes our school a unique, safe and special place for young people seeking to reengage in a highly personalised learning journey.
Catherine Arnold

Catherine Arnold commenced as David Scott School’s founding Principal in June 2017.

 

Catherine’s skill as an educational leader encompasses many disciplines including curriculum development, career education and counselling, strategy, leadership and applied learning. Her exemplary classroom teaching was acknowledged through the VCAA’s VCAL Teacher of the Year Award, bestowed in 2013.

Our school vision ensures that every member of the David Scott community feels supported, is treated with dignity, kindness and respect, and is celebrated for the individual contributions they make. The school’s holistic learning model encompasses a strength based, advantage thinking approach across pedagogy, wellbeing and pathways support and is underpinned by the extensive research support offered by the Brotherhood of St. Laurence’s research team.

We welcome your enquiry and encourage you to contact the school to arrange a visit or to find out more about the special work happening here at the High Street centre.

Meet Our Principal:

Catherine Arnold commenced as David Scott School’s founding Principal in June 2017.

Her experience spans more than two decades as an educator and educational leader in Government and Independent secondary schools across Victoria, and includes international educational experience in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Catherine’ passion to support young people at the margins of education began early in her career and has developed further through post graduate research in the areas of special educational needs and innovative educational approaches. Catherine’s skill as an educational leader encompasses many disciplines including curriculum development, career education and counselling, strategy, leadership and applied learning.

Her exemplary classroom teaching was acknowledged through the VCAA’s VCAL Teacher of the Year Award, bestowed in 2013.

Catherine was a lead educator in the global education initiative “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning”; involving 1000 schools worldwide seeking to advance educational reform and was also a lead teacher in the Asia Education Foundation’s Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE) Program.

Closer to home, she continues to support best practice VCAL at a more local level as a member of the VCAA’s VCAL Quality Assurance Panel and as a current member of the Frankston Mornington Peninsula LLEN’s Board of Management. She is also a professional member of the Australian Centre for Career Education.

Catherine’s commitment to reengaging young people in sustainable and meaningful education and in developing educationally innovative models of learning ensures that her role as Principal of the David Scott School is a perfect fit.

I am thankful for all the staff at the David Scott School for always bringing out the best in me...
2017-03-13T11:54:16+11:00
I am thankful for all the staff at the David Scott School for always bringing out the best in me to make sure I reach my goals and demonstrating education is important and worth it.
I would like to complete my carpentry course at TAFE and later become a building apprentice so I can get...
2019-07-02T12:12:16+11:00
I would like to complete my carpentry course at TAFE and later become a building apprentice so I can get closer to my dream career of being a fully qualified Builder.
I really appreciate being at this school, in fact, being a student here has changed my life. I love that...
2019-07-02T12:19:51+11:00
I really appreciate being at this school, in fact, being a student here has changed my life. I love that I have been able to experience new things and that the lessons we are taught are relevant to my life outside of the school too.
I am an intermediate student at the David Scott School, my teachers have supported me to find mechanisms to stay...
2019-07-02T12:29:43+11:00
I am an intermediate student at the David Scott School, my teachers have supported me to find mechanisms to stay on track, but, I’d like to continue to work on this.
At the David Scott School in my class I really enjoy applying my learning in real-world contexts, I prefer working...
2019-07-02T12:34:35+11:00
At the David Scott School in my class I really enjoy applying my learning in real-world contexts, I prefer working hands-on and after completing my VCAL I hope to find a successful career in the construction field.
Contact Info
  • 24 - 26 High Street, Frankston, Victoria 3199 Australia
  • (03) 8781 5911
  • info@davidscottschool.vic.edu.au