Claire Cheyne

Principal - Burdekin School

My current role is as principal of Burdekin School (level 3) managing a small EDCP and P – 12 Special School (22 students, 5 teachers and 8 TAs).


Firstly, the basics for those who don’t know me, I have some experience across all sectors of education, which enables me to bring a wide range of perspectives to the table. I have been the Principal at Burdekin School for the last 7 years. We are a small special school in rural North Queensland, we run ECDP through to Year 12. I have acted as Principal at a primary school and prior to this I ran the SEP at Ayr SHS for 6 years and was Acting DP across that time as needed. My prior teaching experience was as a special school teacher. I have attained a BSpEd, MEd, and MBA in terms of study – I have promised my family no more study until my girls finish high school.


I have been the NQ Regional Councillor for the last 2 years including organising the Townsville conference and supporting some of Ric’s road trips. I am also active in QASSP and am the current Lower Burdekin branch president. My work over the last 4 years on the QASSP Student Services subcommittee as the chair has provided a platform to have a voice and impact in these issues that are deeply meaningful for me. It has allowed me to better appreciate how connected we all are by these matters – regardless of sector. I am currently the special education representative on our NQ Regional WH&S team and as NQ Regional Councillor I meet with the Regional Director quarterly with the primary and secondary association representatives.


I am deeply committed to my work and strive to ensure that all students are enabled to achieve the best possible outcomes through quality teaching and learning and upholding high expectations. In continuing my representation as NQ Regional Councillor, I believe I would add to an already highly accomplished group through the knowledge, experience, and willingness to grow that I would bring to the role.


Thank-you for your consideration,

Claire Cheyne