Chiray FittonPrincipal

    Masters of Music; Bachelor of Music; Graduate Diploma in Education; NAMTA Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (USA); Member of Australian Heads of Independent Schools Associations (AHISA); Member of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Education Academic Advisory CommitteeCertificate in Public Leadership from the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSoB).

    Chiray is a visionary school leader. Chiray’s achievements demonstrate her creativity and expertise in facilitating organisational change, implementing effective corporate governance and engaging community. Supported by the school community, she successfully navigated the building of a new campus on a greenfield site and the relocation of its operations. Since 2006, she has gently held her community during times of significant uncertainty and vulnerability. Now settled on the new site, Chiray is working with the school and broader community to realise a new and emerging vision. The humanness of learning and leadership are key to her strategic vision for the future of education.

    Chiray was the first Montessori Principal to be accepted as a member of the Association of Heads for Independent Schools Australia (AHISA) and is also a current member of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Education Academic Advisory Committee. This committee was established as part of the School of Education within the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. Much of the University’s work in developing courses of high quality, currency and relevance results fromthe expertise and advice contributed by members of this Advisory Committees.

    Chiray holds a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Music, as well as Diplomas in Education. She has the soul of a poet and resolve of a Wagnerian diva!

    Why are you involved with Montessori Education?
    My curiosity for Montessori education began during my undergraduate years at university. For me, there was an immediate resonance with Dr. Montessori’s writings but at that time the avenues to explore Montessori teaching as a post graduate career were somewhat veiled and one was quickly re-directed toward a ‘legitimate’ career in education. Yet, here I am after many years in mainstream education. Another story for another time… Gathered at MIC, is a diverse collection of adults who are innovative, creative, curious, enthusiastic, successful and courageous. I use the word courageous because for some, choosing Montessori education is by no means the “easy” option. In fact, it is often far easier to follow the customary route of mainstream education. A growing proportion of MIC families have relocated from interstate and overseas to attend the college. These families and staff have made a deliberate decision to join MIC because education at MIC is about the children and education for the 21st century should look different to the models of the past.

    Years at Montessori International College
    11 years.

    How would you describe what you do?
    If I were to use a metaphor, it’s a little like the conductor of an orchestra. You share with the players the beauty of the composition and then guide each of the players to use their talent, soul and determination to refine their part.

    What’s your favourite thing about your role?
    I have two favorite things. The wonderful people I work with and hugs from the children.

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