Founder of the Enterprise Academy & Mentone Girls’ Grammar Principal
BA (Hons), DipEd, BEdSt, MEdSt, FACE, FACEL, AFAIM, GAICD
Fran has been the guiding force behind the School, providing leadership to drive positive change and ensure the School’s mission, values, and priorities are met and upheld. Her bold, considered approach has been instrumental in substantially increasing enrolments, and building a quality staff and international curriculum to ensure Mentone can reach its potential as a world-class school.
As an educator with over 20 years’ experience, Fran has been widely acknowledged for her expertise in innovation, global learning, creativity, gender, enterprise and leadership. For the past ten years she has led the School in developing enterprise education and in 2016 opened the Enterprise Academy building.
Fran’s vision for the Enterprise Academy is two-fold. Firstly, to grow the next generation of future-ready, enterprising women. The world needs women who know how to get things done while navigating the dramatic societal and economic changes before us. This world of artificial intelligence, globalisation and flexible work requires that women have the skills, capabilities and mindset to see possibilities, seize opportunities and to make a difference, so that they can create value for themselves and for others; a world where women have a strong voice and can take their place alongside men to collaborate for a better world.
The second purpose of the Enterprise Academy is to provide a prototype of how Schools should be – environments that harness both formal and informal opportunities for learning and which bring the academic and business worlds together so that students can learn how to navigate their future and flourish in it. The Enterprise Academy experiments with different ways of achieving that outcome within a school setting, and will one day influence the notion of what schools can do to better prepare students for life.
Fran is listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who of Australian Women, having held a variety of educational leadership positions, serving on a number of Boards, and contributing valuable insights into how organisations can have impact on the communities they serve.
In addition to her role as Principal, Fran is currently serving as the President of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and as a Director of The Centre for Strategic Education. Prior to this, she served on the Australia China Business Council’s Education Committee, was a Director of The Invergowrie Foundation, a Director on the Board of University College, Melbourne, and Secretary of the Australian College of Educators (Victorian Branch).
Junior Enterprise Leaders
Camilla Gaff decided at a very early age that she was going to teach. After pursuing this dream with passion and commitment, she worked for 11 years in primary education. Camilla’s love of writing and teaching joined forces in the year 2000 and she became an educational author creating literacy resources for teachers, eventually authoring and co-authoring a dozen teacher resources. She explored copy-writing opportunities and ran a busy business as a tutor for primary aged students. Camilla continued her work as an educational author as she raised a family before an opportunity to work in early learning lured her back into education.
Her own daughters’ incredible experiences in primary education at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School was the catalyst for her decision to return to the classroom in a fulltime capacity. This exciting learning environment allows Camilla to teach a stimulating and innovative curriculum and to work with open-minded, risk-taking young learners who are committed to fulfilling their potential and exploring their capabilities.
In a professional sense, Mentone GGS has provided Camilla with incredible opportunities to be innovative and enterprising, exploring new ways of thinking and learning. One of these has been the development of the Junior Enterprise program that she has co-developed with Mrs Kylie Federici through the Enterprise Award program for staff. The idea for this unique Junior School program was born through the exciting curriculum covered in the Year 1 classrooms.
After completing a Business degree majoring in Human Resource Management, Kylie’s early career pursuits included many and varied roles in commercial business. Whilst these roles offered great opportunity for both personal and professional development, Kylie discovered she could no longer ignore her persistent childhood aspiration – to teach and enhance the lives of young children.
After returning to study and gaining qualifications as a Primary Teacher, Kylie embarked on the wonderful journey that eventually brought her to Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. Kylie is a firm advocate of the notion that happy children learn best. It is from this philosophy that Kylie’s teaching and learning programs stem. She is acutely aware of the important role she plays in the holistic development of the children in her care and appreciates that a career in teaching is multi-faceted, dynamic and incredibly rewarding.
In February 2016, Kylie saw an opportunity which would allow her to merge her previous business knowledge with her innovative teaching skills. This opportunity arrived in the form of a Junior Enterprise Award One of these has been the and the development of the Junior Enterprise program co-developed with Mrs Camilla Gaff.
Kelly Jedd – Head of Careers and Senior Enterprise
With tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Education and Careers Education and Development, Kelly Jedd has many years’ experience working in Careers and Enterprise education in a secondary school setting.
Her considerable experience includes careers counselling with students in Years 10 – 12, implementing design thinking in the classroom, supporting and mentoring students and their start-up projects, working closely with international students, teaching Year 10 career education classes, organising work experience and VET structured workplace learning placements, liaising with employers, networking with alumnae, assisting students with university applications, managing and advertising careers information, planning/coordinating careers events, labour market research, e-portfolio development, and presenting at professional development events.
Kelly has been driving the Senior Enterprise program for the past three years, coordinating a range of workshops, teaching 21st century skills in areas such as financial literacy, coding and STEM. Kelly is passionate about youth entrepreneurship and start-ups, she regularly attends networking events, university careers education seminars and stays abreast of changes to the global labour market.
Kelly is a professional member of the Careers Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). She holds JIG-CAL and Morrisby Report accreditation and is an experienced Career Voyage facilitator.
Senior Enterprise Programs