Our Principal

Dr Tony Mordini

Meet Dr Tony Mordini

 

Tony Mordini began his professional life as a teacher. This has included the teaching of VCE History, English, Psychology and Italian. He moved into leadership early in his career initially in the curriculum area but soon developed a particular interest in child and adolescent development and wellbeing.

 

Tony's educational leadership has extended across the Government and Non-Government sectors, and from K–12 through to Higher Education. His achievements include four Principal Class appointments; a Ministerial appointment as a senior policy consultant; and senior university roles including as an Associate Dean at Flinders University and as part of the start-up team of Swinburne Online – a partnership between Swinburne University and SEEK Ltd (an ASX listed company).

 

Immediately prior to his appointment at Melbourne High School, Tony spent 7 years as a member of the Leadership Team at Mount Ridley P–12 College. The College on Melbourne’s rapidly expanding northwestern corridor is one of the largest public schools in Victoria with approximately 2,700 students. His Assistant Principal portfolio included Headship of the Junior School and College-wide responsibility for operations, information systems and eLearning. Tony’s achievements at the College included establishment of the College’s highly regarded, clinically focused and trauma informed student services model, and the development of a Community Hub for the College’s significant refugee community. 

 

Tony’s broad academic scholarship includes a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University with a double major in English and Italian Literature. His Liberal Arts foundation is further enhanced with undergraduate studies in History and Psychology. Tony’s postgraduate studies include research into child and adolescent development (Bachelor of Education (Hons) thesis); and the psychopathology of adolescent self-harm (doctoral thesis and post-doctoral projects). Tony has presented and published on a range of topics including applied ethics, student engagement, pedagogy and mental health. Most recently he chaired (virtually) the 2nd Australia and New Zealand Student and Teachers Mental Health Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention Forum coordinated by international business development agency Clariden Global.

 

Postdoctoral studies include academic programs in Business and Corporate Governance. Tony is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; was Secretary to Council at Deakin University and he has been a director of several boards.  Between 2017 and 2020 Tony served as a Department of Education and Training Principal representative on the Victorian Advisory Board of Community Hubs Australia.

 

Tony is a strong child protection advocate. In 2015 this motivated him to undertake a program of study through the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety. In April 2016 he was appointed an Honorary Justice with the powers to execute Interim Accommodation Orders and conduct after-hours child bail and remand hearings.