Resume July 2021

Martin Plüss

 Personal Details

Birth:                Sydney, Australia, October 13, 1960

Religion:          Catholic

Family:             Married to Jenny with two children Nick (born 1993) and Ali (born 1996)

Address:           10 Weemala Road Pennant Hills, 2120

Mobile:             0447866464



Academic and Professional


1970 – 1978      St Patrick’s College Strathfield


1979 – 1983      University of Sydney B.A. (Hons) Dip. Ed.

1987 – 1991      University of New England M.Ed.

Current Employment

2021-Present Northholm Grammar Principal Mr Christopher Bradbury

Current Position:          Geography Teacher (FTE 0.6)

Previous employment

2009-2020 Loreto Normanhurst Prinicipal Ms Barbara Watkins (2009-2018) Ms Marina Ugonotti (2019-2020)

Previous position:        Geography and Integrated Learning Teacher

Acting Director of ICT Semester 2 2013

                                    Dean of Learning Technologies 2012-2013

                                    Coordinator of ICT Integration 2010-2011

                                    ICT Management and Support 2009

2000 – 2008      Tara Anglican School for Girls: Principal Mrs Carol Bowern

Positions held include classroom teacher, ICT Integrator, Intranet Manager, Head of Geography Department and Year 10 Co-ordinator.

1991 – 1999      Northholm Grammar School: Principal(s) Rev Christopher Welsh/Dr Yvonne Smith 

Positions held include classroom teacher, School Sport Coordinator, and Head of House.

Paternity Leave:  1993 and three terms 1996

1984 – 1990      Oxley College: Principal Dr David Wright

Positions held include classroom teacher, Head of House, Acting Head of Geography Cross Country and DEAS Co-ordinator

educational experiences and responsibilities

Loreto Normanhurst

2014- 2020      Dean of Learning

2010 – 2018      Loreto ICT Integration –  Coordinator

2010 – 2019      Loreto 5 – Co-ordinator

2016                Year 10 transition to Year 11 Review Joint Coordinator

2015-2016       Loreto Rural Partnership

2012 &2016     Connected Learners Conference co organiser

2013                Acting Director of ICT (May- December)

2011 – 2013      Coordinator of iPad deployment for School Council, Leadership/Deans, Heads of Department/House

2010 – 2018      Loreto Student Laptop Program – team member

2010 – 2014      Loreto Social Media Platform – team member

2010 – 2011      Loreto Parent Portal

2009 – 2011      Loreto Marketing – team member

2009 – 2013      Loreto student and staff portal refinement

2009 – 2014     SRC

Tara Anglican School for Girls

2002 – 2008      Portal creator and manager

2002 – 2008      ICT Integration Professional Development  Coordinator K-12

2007                BOS Online Inspection Portal – first NSW school to implement online submissions

2000 – 2004      Management experiences as Head of Department and Year Co-ordinator

Northholm Grammar School    

1991 – 1992      School sport coordinator

1997 – 1999      Head of Capell House

1997 – 1999      Northholm Grammar School Pastoral Care website

1997                Fieldwork in the classroom for Geography website

Oxley College

1984 – 1990      School and HICES cross country coordinator and event organiser

1984 – 1990      Director and Producer Dobell House music and drama competitions

Professional Involvement

Professional Affiliations:

2018                AIS NSW Annual Learning Conference – presenter.

2018                GTANSW Annual Conference Committee Member

2017                Tamworth GTANSW Regional Conference -presenter

2013 – 2016      Professional Learning Endorsement and Advisory Committee (PLEAC)

2011 – 2016      School Council ICT Sub Committee Loreto Normanhurst

1981- 2020       Geography Teachers Association Member and Council (1994-2016) including Vice President (2005-2016)

1984 – 2019      Geographical Society of NSW Member and Council (1997-1999 & 2005-2016) Honorary Secretary

2003 – 2016      AIS ICT Integrators Member and Conference Committee (2006-2008 & 2010-2016)

2014                HSC for Teacher and Students Facilitator University of Western Sydney – Geography

2006 – 2013      Pre- service teacher lectures for Macquarie University – Education

2008 – 2010      Hills Parramatta Australian College of Educators Management Committee

1996 – 2020      Australian College of Educators (MACE)

2006                Professional Teachers Council (PTC) – Council Member

Publications, Conferences and Workshop Presentations:

My publications also include an Honours Thesis on the Historical Geography of Strathfield and Master’s Dissertation on Nonformal Education. Since 1987 I have published over 60 articles in the space of professional learning on subjects including geographical education, pedagogy and curriculum and the integration of ICT into teaching and learning.  These have appeared in ACE, ASHISA and ACER publications such as Education Review, Campus Review, Teacher, Teachers Learning Network, Professional Educator, Independence, Australian Teacher Magazine as well as the Geography Bulletin and various Global Education publications.

My involvement in conferences includes their organisation through Conference Committee membership for AIS, GTANSW/Professional Teachers Association and Loreto Normanhurst. This includes personally presenting to large and small groups of teachers and the individual mentoring of the professional learning of colleagues at Loreto and other schools and educational organisations. 

Awards and Recognition

2013 – 2016      Appointed to BOSTES. Professional Learning Endorsement and Advisory Committee (PLEAC), this is an adjunct to NSW Institute of Teachers and I am one of two non- government school representatives.

2010                Outstanding Professional Service Award, Professional Teachers’ Council NSW

2013 – 2015      Australian School Library Association – approached by Dr Curtis Watson, to be a Project team member, to write a chapter for E Book on Digital Citizenship.

2013                MacDonald Holmes Medal for Geographical Education from Geographical Society of NSW and the Geography Teachers Association of NSW.  

2013                Geoff Conolly Award for publication of up to 50 articles for the Geography Bulletin

2010                ACEC nomination Australasian Educational Media Awards – for my professional blog “It’s all about connecting and sharing”.

2008                Strengthening Standards Research GeogStandards Project, Melbourne University – my lessons videoed as examples of exemplar teaching.

2007                Nominated Professional Teachers Council 2007 Media Award -interview with Philip Clark 2GB on the status of Geography in NSW schools.

2005                Fellowship of GTANSW

2004                Australian Geography Teachers Association Website Award for Global Education
1996 – 1999      New HSC Online – foundation member for Geography

Community Involvement

2015 – 2020      Pennant Hills District Civic Trust Council Member and Vice President elect (2016-20)

2013 – 2018      Northholm Grammar School, Education and Technology Committee

2004 – 2019      Cool Running Australia website moderator

1995 – 1999      Galston Long Day Care Centre Management Committee