Life Member Helen Worladge OAM


Born in Hamilton, Western Victoria and spent happy early years on a farm at Byaduk, near Hamilton traveling to primary school on a Shetland pony.

Her early secondary education was in Hamilton at Alexandria College followed by three years at PLC in Melbourne as a boarder.

She obtained her TITC at Ballarat Teachers' College.

Subsequently, she was awarded First Honours, a B.Ed from LaTrobe and later an M.Ed Studies from Monash. She is currently studying for a Doctorate of Education at Monash.

After leaving Teachers’ College she taught at various primary schools: Mitta Mitta (- what an education for Helen, let alone the children!) Laverton North, Hamilton, Preston South, and Springvale North.

About this time she married Wayne.

She was then appointed Vice Principal at Wallarano, where she met Vern Wilkinson, who has been a wonderful mentor for Helen). Then followed a year as an English Consultant and then she was appointed Deputy Principal at Malvern Central, Spring Road, where she took over as Acting Principal.

Daughter Louisa arrived in 1978, interrupting proceedings for a while. (The Malvern Central Mums thought it hilarious to have a “pregnant Principal”). She returned to the workforce at Clayton South, followed by Wellington, and then James arrived in '82, preventing her taking up the principalship at Glen Iris.

Family leave included work at Tintern and Wesley College and a term as a lecturer at Burwood Teachers' College. She also worked in the Catholic Education Office, co-authoring the CLIC Program.

She returned to the Education Department as Acting Principal at Moorabbin for a term and was then appointed to Brandon Park as Principal where she stayed 4 years. She then moved to Sandringham where she was Principal for 9 years before retirement in 2001.

Retirement only lasted a while, and then there was an opportunity in 2003 to join the Teacher Release into Industry Program administered by VECCI. The closing of TRIP saw the end of that and Helen became Executive Officer of Western Chances, a new philanthropic organization devoted to assisting talented, financially or socially disadvantaged children and young people in the western suburbs.


 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal (1977)

Order of Australia in 2015

Other Current Activities:

Deputy President and Director, Sandringham Community (Bendigo) Bank

President, Sandringham Lions Club


Oscar and Samatha, with Heather Fehring

Getting Started series, with Heather Gilmour, Lorraine Wilson, Jo Scott and Don Tyrer.

Continuing Literacy In-service Course, Catholic Education Office. 

Helen was elected President of the RVPA in May 2007, following in the footsteps of Brian Williams.

After 4 years of active leadership, Helen relinquished the President's role to David Tydeman in May 2011.