St Michael’s Collegiate School Chair of the Board Liz Gillam and Principal Robyn
Kronenberg have announced to staff and students that Ms Kronenberg will finish in her
role at the end of the 2014 school year.
Ms Kronenberg has been Principal at St Michael’s Collegiate School since 2003 and Ms
Gillam paid tribute to the considerable role she has played in making the school one of
the nation’s leading all-girls institutions.
“The Board was reluctant to accept Ms Kronenberg’s decision not to renew her contract
beyond the end of next year, but we accepted her decision to look at new challenges,
after a long and fruitful career as a leading educator,” Ms Gillam said.
“During her time at Collegiate, the school has undergone significant growth, which has
seen the development of three separate campuses – the Junior School (Kindergarten to
Year 4), Middle School (Years 5 to 8) and Senior School (Years 9 to 12).
“At an academic level, Collegiate’s TCE results and national annual NAPLAN testing have
continued to improve, regularly achieving some of the highest results in Tasmania.”
Prior to taking on the role at Collegiate, Ms Kronenberg was Deputy Principal at Lowther
Hall Anglican Grammar School in Melbourne for five years and has held a number of
significant governance positions throughout her career.
She has held Board positions with the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority and the Inglis
Clark Centre for Civil Society at UTAS, as well as being the Tasmanian Branch Secretary,
Branch Chair and a National Board Executive of the Association of Heads of Independent
Schools of Australia and National President of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.
Ms Gillam said with such a record of achievement, Ms Kronenberg’s replacement would
have high standards to uphold, but the Board was pleased to have significant time to
properly plan for the incumbent Principal.
“It is with great sadness that next year we will farewell an outstanding Principal, with
more than 10 years of successful operations and milestone achievements for the school,
but we wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” she said.
Ms Kronenberg said the time was right for her to look to other professional challenges
and had been recently granted a 25 Year Anniversary Bond Scholarship to study for an
“There is still a lot I want to achieve in my current role at Collegiate, including gaining
international accreditation through the Council for International Schools and joining an
elite group of highly accomplished schools,” Ms Kronenberg said.
“In the past decade, the school has extended its overseas links considerably and
international accreditation will consolidate its position as a truly world-class institution
“We have introduced a worldwide exchange program with 15 sister schools across 10
countries, supported by an international education program at the school, encouraging
our students to develop a global perspective.
“I am very proud of my achievements at Collegiate, but after a decade in the role, I feel
it is time for me to look at other opportunities and allow a new leader to take the school
to the next level.”
St Michael’s Collegiate School Chair of the Board Liz Gillam