Vale Philip Gardner
It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of Philip Gardner, Principal of East Doncaster Secondary College from 2001-2008.
Philip was passionate about education and his role as an educator. He devoted over 40 years to service in the State education sector and had a 21 year association with our College as a teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal.
Philip’s leadership of our College was significant and reflected a period of growth in our student numbers, substantial facility improvement and curriculum innovation.
Since retiring in 2008, Philip had remained in close contact with many of our teaching and education support staff and remained active in education with his work for Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals.
I know that this news has had considerable impact on our school community. He was a friend, teacher, colleague, mentor and leader to many of us.
Philip’s funeral service was held last Thursday at the Heidelberg Golf Club. A large number of past and present staff members from EDSC attended this service which was an uplifting, fitting celebration of his life.
On behalf of the College, I extend a message of sincere sympathy to Philip’s wife, Gabby and his extended family.