Our Principal

David Kilpatrick

Dave has been the principal of New Town High School since 2017.  He obtained a Diploma of Teaching from the Riverina College of Advanced Education NSW in 1983 before commencing teaching in the Northern Territory . He graduated from the University of Tasmania  in 1989 with a Bachelor of  Education and then went on to complete further study gaining a Masters of Science (Education) Degree with Distinction in 2008.

His career as principal has seen him lead at four primary and secondary schools in Tasmania as well as a leader at the Australian Curriculum International Schools in Malaysia and Indonesia. He has also held senior roles at the United National International School in Hanoi Vietnam.  As a marketer for international trade and development, he worked in the Department of Economic Development Tasmania, further enhancing his love of learning and diversification of his skills. He has also held the managerial role in  International Student Programs for the Department of Education for four years.

Dave has worked in Tasmanian and NSW accredited schools as well as schools offering the International Baccalaureate. In all settings he promotes innovative, international minded approaches where students learn in ways that develop their full potential and allow them to explore their passions and interests.

Dave is a strong advocate for the need for teachers and schools to use evidence and data to improve student learning and wellbeing in the schools he leads.  At our school, and at the Australian International School Malaysia, he has led the development of school wide teaching and learning models based on Professor John Hattie’s research and pedagogies in Visible Learning. This approach focuses on developing independent, motivated learners and teachers who are constantly evaluating the impact of their teaching.  At New Town High we use high impact, evidenced based, teaching and learning strategies.

His interactions with all members of the community demonstrate respectful, open minded and transparent communication. He is outward looking and always on the lookout for new ways to collaborate with the wider community to improve learning and opportunity for his students and staff.

As a principal he is driven to make sure every child in his school gets the best possible education and that they feel valued and connected to their fellow students and the adults in the school community.

Dave is married and has two children both currently studying at University. He is connected to the wider community in his role as a Director of Volunteers and Wellbeing at the North Hobart Football Club. He is also exploring his musical side by studying the Highland bagpipes. Dave coaches our school rugby sides each year.

Dave is excited and highly motivated by the possibilities for our students that are emerging from our collaboration with Ogilvie High and Elizabeth College as we build on our Hobart City Schools Partnership.