After being a Principal at St Augustine’s College
in Sydney for 15 years Mr Cleary left to become chief executive of the NRL's Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League Club. During his time at school it from 440 to 1350 students. When interviewed by the Herald he said "I'm an administrator, a builder, and Manly brought me in because they saw me build a lot of buildings opposite Brookvale Oval. It was a move that wasn't fulfilling for me after a short period of time. What I'm bringing from that experience is I belong in schools
." Mr Cleary is now Principal at All Saints College Maitland.
Do you BELONG in schools? It is an interesting and challenging question to ask yourself. Schools are communities of people. One person recently described it to me as a “family business.” Like a family business it comes with relationship challenges and opportunities. As school marketers we are introducing and welcoming new members into that family business each year so it is important we feel we belong in that family as it will come across in our words, actions and attitudes.