Jan 29

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I have received many expressions of congratulations from the community and have not been able to acknowledge them all. So, let me take this opportunity to thank those who expressed their pleasure when I was awarded an OAM on Australia Day.

I’m trying to pretend it doesn’t count for much and should not be taken too seriously. But, in truth I’m rather tickled by it all and feel very honoured.

I also feel very lucky. There is a pantheon of saints out there whose work is unheralded and unacknowledged.

Several have suggested that there was a misprint in the Honours List and that it should have read ‘Jane’ Hawkes. There is more than a little truth in this. If I have shown any skill, it is in choosing, family, friends and colleagues with care, all of whom have made me look better than I am.

There have been a few, with more than a touch of incredulity, who have asked, ‘What on earth did you get the OAM for?’ Well, I can answer that: I got it for having colleagues generous enough to put my name forward. If rather more detail is required, I cannot improve upon the citation put together by the people who do these things:



Dr Timothy Francis HAWKES,

Headmaster’s Residence, The King’s School, PO Box 1, Parramatta NSW 2124

For service to education, and to professional organisations.

Headmaster, The King’s School, Sydney, since 1998.

Principal, St Leonard’s College, Brighton, Victoria, 1990-1997.

Founder, The Australian Residential Schools Association, 2001; (combining with the Australian Boarding Staff Association to form the Australian Boarding Schools Association in 2007).

Chairman, Australian Boarding Schools Association, 2007-2013.

Board Member, Association of Heads of Independent Schools, for several years.

Participated in and contributed to a wide range of working groups and committees, for many years.

Author of several educational books on leadership and boys’ education.

Frequent contributor to educational debate in the media and at conferences around the world.

Involved with several charities including the Forsight Foundation.

Fellow, Australian College of Educators.

Fellow, Australian Council for Education Administration.


Well, there you have it. All rather lovely. However, be assured my feet are still made of clay, my faults still outnumber my virtues and my abilities are exaggerated by the support of others.

None-the-less, I am far from disgruntled. Indeed, I am very ‘gruntled’ and thank all those who share in my joy.

Dr. Tim Hawkes OAM

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