About Our Principal

Shauna Colnan

"Beyond languages, we are proud of the broad liberal education we provide our students and our commitment to excellence across all of our academic pursuits." – Shauna Colnan

Shauna Colnan has held significant leadership roles in some of Sydney’s leading independent schools. Before taking on the role of Principal at International Grammar School she was Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School at MLC School and before that, Head of Curriculum at Abbotsleigh. In 2016 she became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Shauna’s capacity as an educational leader has been enhanced by academic studies at the University of Sydney, the University of New England and New York University where she studied Cinema. She holds graduate and postgraduate qualifications in business administration, the arts and education, has a special interest in Shakespearean scholarship and performance, and was awarded the John Bell and Joyce Williams Prize in Shakespeare Studies from the University of Sydney.

In a competitive global cohort, Shauna was awarded highest academic achiever in her MBA at the Graduate School of Business at UNE.

She is a passionate teacher and a curriculum expert. She has worked at the NSW Board of Studies (now NESA) and at the national project unit, a strategic team within the Board that shaped the NSW response to the emerging national curriculum.

Shauna was NSW supervisor of HSC English marking and led one of the nation’s largest English departments at Barker College. Shauna’s career has also seen her educating those who aspire to teach through the Teacher Education Program at Macquarie University.

Shauna attended the Think Tank on Global Education at Harvard University and believes that the key role of schools today is to equip students to be ready for the world.