After five years at the helm of the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QIS Parents Network) inaugural Executive Officer Sue Kloeden is stepping down and a new Executive Officer is taking the reins from December.
Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Executive Director David Robertson thanked Ms Kloeden for her advocacy on behalf of independent school families and the strong partnerships she has forged with ISQ and its member schools.
“Sue – who has worked in the education sector for 40 years and whose four, now adult, children attended independent schools – was a perfect fit to lead the development of the representative parent body,” he said.
Mr Robertson said Ms Kloeden had established the QIS Parents Network as a respected voice for independent school parents and also as an advocate for the impact positive partnerships between schools and parents can have on student learning.
In a farewell story published on the QIS Parents Network website, Ms Kloeden said she had valued the opportunity to give back to the independent sector.
“Parent engagement is one of the last levers to be pulled [in education] and it can make a huge difference. It’s not hard, it doesn’t cost much money, it just costs time,” she said.
“The partnership that is happening next year between the QIS Parents Network and ISQ in the area of parent engagement is very exciting. We’ll see the fruits of that work for years to come.’’
QIS Parents Network Board Chair Shari Armistead extended her heartfelt thanks to Ms Kloeden for her tireless work on behalf of independent school parents.
“Sue has been leading efforts to promote and enhance the engagement of parents in their child’s learning. She has led the creation of a publicly available online parent engagement research hub on the QIS Parents Network website, supported school-based research into parent engagement and presented directly to independent schools about what effective parent engagement looks like,” Ms Armistead said.
“I look forward to this collaboration continuing under incoming Executive Officer Justine Cirocco and I welcome her to the role.”
Ms Cirocco – who is a lawyer, current President of the Somerset College Parents and Friends Association and an immediate past member of the QIS Parents Network Board – said student learning can only improve when parents and schools work together constructively and respectfully.
“I am passionate about being able to make a difference in the lives of young people and am looking forward to building on the foundation that Sue has developed and the valuable partnerships she has forged across the education sector,” she said.