Deadly Dave and the Journey to Deputy Principalship

I now believe my Indigenous identity raises the profile of Indigenous people and perspectives in any school, regardless of the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Dave Hartley
Author & DP Dave Hartley

Dave Hartley is an inspiring Barunggam Deputy Principal with ancestral ties to Chinchilla, South-West Queensland, most recently in the spotlight due to his successful authorship with Indigenous rugby legend Scott Prince.

Together they produce the successful “Deadly D and Justice Jones” series with Magabala Books, focused on Māori Justice and his friend Dylan (Deadly D), an Aboriginal boy.

Imbued with his creativity and deep passion for learning, Dave hopes the books will continue to encourage Indigenous “reluctant readers” to read, and write.

Read the  interview with Deadly Dave about his journey from classroom to school leadership at Waterford West State School, Queensland.


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Dav’s first leadership role was at Waterford West State School which was awarded a Dare to Lead Excellence Award for the ‘Dream Circle’, an after-school academic and cultural program.

The Dream Circle, Waterford West State School, Queensland


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