Darryl Harty



Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Graduation year




Current position

Principal, Forrest Primary School and Early Years Centre


Darryl Harty has had a successful career in primary education, celebrating his 40th year working in education in 2019.

Interview with Darryl Harty

Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?
I remember so well the Monday morning lectures at Lunan House down near Eastern Beach. I also remember the close connections lecturers made with students, supporting and encouraging us throughout the three years of study. Mr Tom Mckean was one of our lecturers who was a sensational story teller.

What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.
In 2019, I will complete 40 years of continuous work with the Department of Education Victoria. For 36 years I have been headteacher/principal of schools in Western Victoria stretching from Geelong all the way to the South Australia border, I have been headteacher/principal of 11 schools in total.

What has been the biggest influence on your career?
Community connections and the supportive friendly work environment with fellow teachers and school council with a passion making a difference to every child enrolled at my schools.

Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?
I decided in Year 12 to pursue a career in education following in my grandmother's footsteps.

What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?
Teaching is a career rich in fantastic lifelong memories, but not necessarily in financial gains.

What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?
Confidence to pursue my selected career path.

What are your passions outside your work?
Sport, travel, farming.

How would someone describe you?
A genuine, passionate Geelong Cats supporter.

Is there any advice you would give to a person who is starting out in your career?
Embody change, be adaptable and be prepare to listen to and filter advice.

Is there anything else you’d like to add we haven’t covered?
I still remember vividly my very first day as headteacher of Weerangourt Primary School in the far west of Victoria. Sixteen students, on my own in May 1979.