Murray Kitteringham started his career as a PDHPE teacher at Newtown High School of Performing Arts in 1993. He has extensive experience in NSW public schools as a Classroom Teacher, Head Teacher, and was the Deputy Principal at Chifley College – Bidwill campus for 6 years. He has also taught in the East End of London in Mathematics and Science in the UK.
Murray has spent most of his teaching career working in low SES schools and is a huge advocate for equity for all students and a prolific sharer of Teach & Learning, Leadership and reflective school structural reform with schools across NSW.
Murray is the current Principal of Sir Joseph Banks High School, which is a low Socioeconomic Status high school south of Bankstown in SW Sydney area.
The school’s Vision of Excellence, Opportunity, Innovation and Success reflect the aspirations of the community. School rules have been replaced with values “THINK, Respect Learn” - to ‘teach the behaviours we want to see’. Working on the simple philosophy ‘happy kids learn’ SJBHS is amongst the highest growth high schools in the state.
Murray leads William Glasser’s Choice Theory, Lead Management Positive Psychology model that has proven key to the current success that the school has earned. The outcomes for the community have been showcased on SBS Insight program “Teaching Success – how do you turn a school around?” and a podcast recorded with Mark Scott, the then NSW Secretary of Education