The following extract from the Sydney Morning Herald is a fitting tribute to our wonderful Principal of 20 years.
When the NSW government and the Department of Education announced in 2014 that Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta was to become a showcase high-rise School of The Future, our principal Lynne Goodwin was wildly excited about the opportunity to lead such a school.
The award-winning design for the $100,000,000 development of 14 storeys had captured Mrs Goodwin's vision for a high-rise school in the centre of downtown Parramatta. She had researched lighthouse schools with a futurist orientation in various countries. She travelled throughout Scandinavia at her own expense to observe innovative teaching and learning spaces in operation and how they might impact on her plans for the new high-rise APHS.
She was a passionate advocate for public education in NSW. Her enthusiasm for sharing best practice and innovation in teaching and learning was inspirational. Her considerable energy was infectious. She spent her long teaching career in the NSW public education system looking for ways to make the curriculum accessible for students of all backgrounds and all abilities and interests.
Goodwin was born in Enfield on the 25th April 1948. She was a proud graduate of her local public coeducational comprehensive high school, Strathfield South High School, where she completed her Leaving Certificate in 1964. She attended Sydney University from 1965-1968.
She taught at Marsden High School at West Ryde before branching out as an English curriculum officer at the NSW Board of Studies in the late 1980s. It was around this time that she became an executive member of the History Teachers Association of NSW, contributing articles to the HTA journal, delivering presentations at conferences and developing resources for teachers and students.
In the 1990s, as a PEO (principal education officer), Mrs Goodwin worked in both the Bridge Street head office of the Department of Education and later in the Metropolitan East office developing support programs for secondary schools on a state-wide basis. Dr Ken Boston, director-general of the NSW Department of Education from 1992 to 2002, entrusted her with the responsibility for representing NSW in the development of the national framework and support materials for Civics Education. She responded to the challenges he set for her with her usual enthusiasm and fondness for problem solving.
The school leaders who participated in those courses appreciated the strength, relevance and quality of the course materials and Goodwin's presentations. Some enduring friendships emerged from those courses and soon after Goodwin was able to put into practice the material she had developed for the leading teacher courses when she was appointed to Arthur Phillip High School as principal in 1997.
She was so proud of her amazing school, the senior executive, the head teachers, classroom teachers, the front office and support staff and the 1400 students from all over the western suburbs of Sydney. She loved finding ways to give keen teachers, especially early career teachers, opportunities to grow and develop. Goodwin loved nothing better than locating funds for sending teachers to conferences and other professional learning opportunities, seeding projects and programs which would enhance opportunities for young Australians from disadvantaged backgrounds.
She maintained high standards and made no apology for them but she also provided the high support so vital for achieving high standards.
Just before retiring as governor-general, Quentin Bryce recognised the refugee students support program at Arthur Phillip High at a special awards ceremony honouring community service at Government House at Kirribilli. The governor-general had visited the school in advance of the ceremony, where she met the teachers and students involved in the program.
During the 2007 federal election campaign, Kevin Rudd as the then Opposition leader visited Arthur Phillip High School, which at the time was only one of seven Apple Distinguished Schools of Excellence in Australia.
The Labor party had chosen Arthur Phillip as a school of excellence for technology in learning. The ALP policy of issuing laptops to all Australian students in years 9-12 over a four-year period was based in part on the Apple laptop program at APHS.
Mrs Goodwin lost her battle with cancer in January 2017 after the diagnosis in February 2016. She was principal of APHS for 20 years. She had rarely been ill throughout her teaching career, always demonstrating a seemingly limitless amount of drive and energy.
Her friends, colleagues and students will miss her keen intellect and her abiding sense of humour and playfulness. They will also miss her extremely sharp radar which was applied relentlessly to any unsound political and social policies and to anything which was damaging public education.
With thanks to Ms Judy King.