Michael Devine

Principal, Western Port Secondary College (VIC)

Since being appointed principal of Western Port Secondary College in 2014, Michael Devine has been integral to lifting student engagement levels and improving student learning outcomes.


A 25% increase in the number of students staying on to complete Year 12.

Michael initiated and led the establishment of programs to target disengaged students and broaden opportunities to remain in education that have seen school retention from Years 7 to 12 increase by more than 25%. Under Michael’s leadership the school has focussed on targeting learning growth which has led to significant improvements in NAPLAN data and VCE median study scores.

Michael is a strong advocate of public education, whose passion is leading schools in low socio-economic communities. He believes the work effective teachers and school leaders do is highly complex, incredibly challenging but also some of the most important work in our society.

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