Leadership Team

Ms Peggy Mahy
B.A. (Hons), Dip.Ed., M.A., PostGrad.Cert.Ed.(International Baccalaureate), MACE, FACEL (ACT), GAICD

Bringing her extensive experience in education, Peggy commenced as Principal of The Scots School Albury in 2014. Starting her career in 1987 at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar as an English and History teacher, Peggy’s professional expertise today is in contemporary pedagogy, improving teacher quality, student learning and wellbeing.

Before joining Scots, Peggy was Deputy Principal, Head of Learning and Teaching at Radford College in Canberra for five years. She also has experience leading in the tertiary sector, specifically at Monash University where she was Deputy Principal of Monash College, working closely with international students and academic staff both on and off-shore. Prior to this, Peggy was Head of English and Director of Learning at St Catherine’s School, a girls’ school in Melbourne.

In all contexts, Peggy has sought to enhance the capabilities of teachers with a clear focus on outcomes for students. Peggy is also a firm believer in holistic education and in the power of experiential learning to transform lives. This belief drives her current involvement as a Board Director for the Outdoor Education Group.

Peggy loves her connection with the community at Scots and with the Border region which has warmly welcomed her and her family. Inspired by the rich history of The Scots School Albury, its commitment to outstanding holistic and progressive education, Peggy says, “Scots is the best school I have ever worked in. The calibre of students, professionalism of staff and commitment from families makes this School a unique place to be”.

“Scots is the best school I have ever worked in. The calibre of students, professionalism of staff and commitment from families makes this School a unique place to be.”

Deputy Principal
Mr David Armstrong
B.A., Grad. Dip. Ed., Grad. Dip. Bus. Mngt., Vincent Fairfax Fellow, MACE, MACEL

David started at Scots in 2015 as Deputy Principal and is currently Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School.
David’s early education career was in Outdoor and Adventure Education, including many seasons, work as a whitewater rafting guide (which included fracturing his leg and consequential helicopter evacuation on the Snowy River – just ask him for the story!) and a freelance Outdoor Educator for a number of Victorian independent schools.

David moved to St Philip’s College in Alice Springs in 1997 as an Outdoor Education teacher, soon becoming Head of Outdoor Education. Over 18 years there, he held a number of roles, including Head of House and Head of Boarding. He spent five years as Assistant Deputy Headmaster (Students), a role focused on student wellbeing and supporting teachers quality engagement with students.

David was awarded a prestigious Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in 2001, which he rates as one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences of his life. The Fellowship is designed to develop the capacity of participants to make clearly thought through and ethical decisions as a leader. This was undertaken in various contexts in Australia (including remote North East Arnhem Land) and in Vietnam and Malaysia. He also served for more than 10 years as a Board Member of the Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre, a remarkable not-for-profit educational organisation north of Omeo.

Since moving to the Border region he has taken keenly to skiing with his family, and recently completed the first stage of telemark skiing instructor training. A lifelong relationship with the Victorian Alps has been reawakened, and he is enjoying the special pleasure of sharing them now with his own children.

A highlight of his role is working across the Junior and Senior School.

“The culture of learning, engagement and perseverance is very special here. It is evident in the classroom, as much as it is on the sporting field, the stage or in a whiteout on a snow day. When you combine this culture and attitude with our remarkable staff, it is little wonder that Scots students do as well as they do in so many domains.”

Business Operations Manager
Mrs Fiona Holmes

Fiona started at Scots in January 2014, after working for Mars Inc in their Food and Petfood divisions for 21 years in a variety of CFO and Finance roles. Fiona brings a strong analytical approach and a proven track record of success in general management, strategy development and financial turnarounds in the FMCG sector. She has global experience working across the UK, Europe (based in Germany and Belgium) and Australia and has worked in both regional and local Management teams.

Fiona has main Board director experience, responsible for Financial governance as the Finance sub-committee head and as a Trustee director for a defined benefit Superfund. Fiona is relishing her role at Scots and the opportunity to apply her skills to bring value in an environment and setting as important and rapidly changing as education.

“No two days are the same with a broad range of opportunities and challenges. I am loving being involved in education, working with an energetic and innovative team of leaders and a great body of students. From the day my family and I arrived in Albury and Scots, I have been impressed by the students and their ability to engage so powerfully both within and outside the School grounds.”

Head Of Junior School
Mr Nick Martin
B.Ed. (Primary), M.Ed.

With a strong background in leading learning, Nick commenced at The Scots School Albury in 2015 as the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) Coordinator. After a successful introduction of the IB PYP, Nick has progressed to the Head of Junior School role where he continues to lead the Junior School’s journey towards accreditation as an IB World School. Prior to joining Scots, Nick was the Assistant Head of Junior School at the Australian International School (AIS) in Singapore, the Assistant Head of Junior School at Radford College in Canberra and the Vice Principal of Chatsworth International School in Singapore. During his time in International Schools, Nick became a member of the IB Educator Network, which sees him facilitating teacher education workshops around the world, leading authorisation visits in prospective IB schools and undertaking consultancies for schools that are new to the IB. Nick is passionate about providing an education that develops the ‘whole child’, ensuring that students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to thrive throughout their educational journey, as well as when they embark upon their life beyond school. The Junior School is a place where students feel safe, they have a real sense of belonging, they are nurtured by outstanding teachers, they are challenged by a contemporary education, they are exposed to a rich range of opportunities, and they are empowered to make a difference in the world. It really is a wonderful place for young people to learn.

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