Meet the Principal
Dr Lyn Bishop, Founder and Principal/CEO of Sheldon College operates by her mother's favourite maxim: "Fate is what happens to you. Destiny is what you create."
Over the past twenty years, Lyn has founded and led this independent, co-educational, non-denominational College, despite the significant odds she had to overcome in establishing an independent school. Lyn's aim in setting up her own school was to leave a legacy for children in the Redland City.
After thirty years with Education Queensland, in positions ranging from Principal to Deputy Executive Director of Metropolitan East Region and A/Director of Quality Assurance with Education Queensland, Lyn left the Department in 1996 to open her own school. Her decision to do so was inspired first and foremost by her love of children. "I made a conscious decision to leave the bureaucracy and go back to what I believe I did best, and that was working with children." In 1997 she established Sheldon College, a school that caters for students from Preschool through to Year 12, based on a philosophy of Love, Laughter and Learning.
With an initial intake of one hundred and ten students, the College has now grown to more than one thousand four hundred and fifty students. This significant growth has been achieved despite the enormity of the initial financial, competitive and bureaucratic hurdles Lyn had to overcome, including "tedious" approval processes, opposition from other schools in the district, and federal appeals. Once she had won those initial battles, Lyn had to sell her vision of the new College to parents and teachers when it didn't yet exist in a physical form. Having overcome the initial challenges, and winning a federal appeal to give her approval to open the College, Lyn then faced delays in building approvals. Refusing to lose sight of her dream, Lyn opened the College at the neighbouring Pine Lodge Equestrian Centre.
Sheldon College is now acknowledged as one of the most outstanding private schools in the country. It is a leader in its field due to its entrepreneurial approach both as a business and as an educational institution. Sheldon College is a Company Limited by Guarantee. It is run by a Board of Directors. Sheldon College is a not-for-profit organization, and as such, there is no profit sharing, no equity, nor any shareholder capacity. Sheldon College Ltd continues to show a profit every year, and has a cutting edge curriculum which brims with corporate alliances.
Lyn's entrepreneurial approach to education has seen her win the Australian Institute of Management's Professional Manager of the Year in 2000 and the Queensland and Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for a Social, Community and Not-for-Profit Organisation in 2002. Lyn possesses several degrees including Bachelors Degrees in Arts and Education, Masters Degrees in Educational Administration, Educational Studies, and Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders; a fully qualified Psychologist who is registered with the Queensland Psychologists' Board and the Australian Psychological Society; and a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).
Lyn believes that good schools are built around relationships. People are at the heart of the educational enterprise. The most critical relationship in any school is that between teacher and student, but we must also be aware that the home-school partnership is an essential one.
Dr Lyn Bishop
Founder and Principal/CEO
BAHons (Psych), MEdAdmin, MEdStud, MBA, PhD(QLD), MAPsS, MACE, FACEL, FAIM, JP(QUAL),
AIM Professional Manager of the Year 1999, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year 2002
(Social, Community, Not-For-Profit Organisation)