Our leadership team

A team of dedicated educators work in partnership with the School Council to create a welcoming environment at Great Southern Grammar. With a focus on academic rigour, community development, and knowing every child, the Leadership Team is here to help your child shine during their years at Great Southern Grammar.

Mr Mark Sawle | Principal

For 35 years, I’ve been involved in education. In fact, it’s in my blood — my Dad was a Principal and two of my children are teachers. My career in education has taken me to Sydney and Perth, and I’ve been GSG’s proud principal since 2017.

Together with the Leadership Team and under the governance of the School Council, I’m accountable for day-to-day teaching and learning at GSG. That means supporting our incredible team of educators and administrators to be the absolute best we can — because that’s what’s best for your children.

Not only that, it’s my job to ensure our school continues to thrive, long into the future.

In my spare time, I’m a keen surfer, hiker, and coffee drinker. I’m always looking for new trails to explore, so please don’t hesitate to share your favourites!

Mrs Emma Franklin | Deputy Principal

As Deputy Principal, I’m all about making sure our students love to learn. That means creating a school environment which encourages exploration and growth for all our learners; and my students will tell you there’s a fair amount of fun on the way.

As an avowed curriculum nerd I love to spend time with colleagues prioritising and poring over results with a fine-toothed comb to make sure each child experiences success. I also manage communication, daily events, the school calendar, staff and student safety. In short, it’s my job to make sure your children are safe at school, and that they’re learning.

Outside school, I’m a food tragic — I love to cook and learn new techniques. Spending time with my family at the beach and exploring the world also bring me joy.

I’m genuinely enthusiastic about procedures and processes that make GSG an even happier place to be, so if you have a question or suggestion, my door is always open.

Mr Andrew Orr | Business Manager

In the early 2000s, I was a tax accountant in a large firm. Then I got itchy feet.

I hopped in the Magna and set off around Australia. When I arrived in Albany in 2001, I was hooked. For a bushwalking, mountain biking, ocean-loving sports fan, I felt like I’d found the promised land. I soon found work with a builder — and our main project was building Great Southern Grammar.

In 2017, after gaining experience in retail and agribusiness, I made my triumphant return to GSG as Business Manager. These days, I work to ensure the success of the school through sound financial management, risk management, and governance.

Mr Ian Robson | Head of Cocurricular and Teaching Staff Operations

Great Southern Grammar values experiential learning—and the safety of our school community is a top priority. My role as Head of Cocurricular and Teaching Staff Operations is all about supporting GSG students and staff to make the absolute most of the opportunities on offer.

From a timetabling perspective, I work to build the best possible class schedule for each student and teacher. As a Physics teacher, I’m obsessed with the mysteries of the quantum universe and the key questions: Is there order in chaos? What is the sum of dark energy? And how can I build a timetable that allows as many students as possible to study their preferred subjects?

As the key point of contact for cocurricular activities, I ensure staff have everything they need to look after the students in their care. With a dizzying array of camps, tours, exhibitions, and sporting events across the year, it’s my job to coordinate risk assessments, manage budgets, communicate with stakeholders, and make bookings.

In my spare time, I love everything to do with the ocean. As a diving instructor and coxswain, I’ve learnt the relationship between risk and safety. And I firmly believe that with the right frameworks in place, even risky activities can be done in a safe, accessible, and inclusive way.

Mrs Leah Field | Head of Primary School

Over the years, I’ve seen first hand that deep learning happens when children feel safe, seen, and celebrated at school. So much so that community and rapport building has become one of my key priorities as an educator.

In my role as Head of Primary School, my focus is on innovative learning practices that spark joy, wonder, and curiosity in our students. My team and I engage young students in a way that creates a sense of belonging—encouraging students to develop independence within an engaging, child-centered environment.

In my spare time, I’m up for anything outdoorsy. I love paddleboarding, horseback riding, and finding adventures with my little boy.

Mrs Victoria Turnor | Head of Secondary School

As Head of Secondary School, I have the privilege of helping students develop and realise their dreams. By offering a rich variety of pathways, almost anything is possible and there are often several ways of achieving an end goal! During Secondary School, students mature and gain a whole range of skills almost without realising it, from time management to leadership to building effective relationships and I love showing them and reminding them of how brilliant they already are.

Away from school, I am a keen musician and can be found playing the bass clarinet as a long-standing member of the Albany City Wind Ensemble. I have also loved playing in the bands of our school productions.