Principals in Profile – Matthew Maruff

Mr Matthew Maruff, Headmaster, Girton Grammar School

Matthew Maruff is in his 8th year as Headmaster of Girton Grammar School.

It was through the love of his mother who raised seven children in turbulent circumstances, and the dedication of some caring teachers, that he completed an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne and a Post Graduate diploma in Education at Monash University. He completed further post graduate research and study after a number of years of teaching, and is currently part of a two-year Harvard University leadership program.

His professional experience includes positions at Geelong Grammar School, Corio and Timbertop, Ivanhoe Grammar School and St Kevin’s College in Toorak.

As the Head of a school that was the first in Australia to introduce the explicit teaching of Emotional Intelligence using Yale University’s RULER Approach, Matthew has instilled an indelible legacy of relational teaching and learning at Girton Grammar School. Staff and students at the school know exactly what Matthew means when he speaks of getting to the head through the heart.

The power of education to transform a life still fascinates Matthew, who believes education is a way to liberate and empower, to provide leadership to broader society and produce wise and prudent adults.

Watch the interview here:

This video is part of the Principals in Profile series.