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Meet the Principal

Ms Skerman is a dynamic and innovative educator who has taught across all educational sectors over the past 30 years including as a senior leader in large independent schools with national reputations for strong academic and pastoral outcomes. Prior to taking up her role at Santa Sabina, she was principal for five years at an independent, Catholic, girls’ secondary day and boarding school in the Mercy tradition where she led a culture of growth and improvement across every facet of the school community. 

Paulina Skerman is committed to creating an educational environment where every student thrives. She believes that wellbeing is the foundation from which young people can achieve academic and personal success. She is committed to inspiring strong relationships, discerning scholarship, and the pursuit of excellence and enjoyment across a wide range of programs from the arts, to sport and cultural activities.

In 2023, she was shortlisted as Principal of the Year in the Australian Education Awards 2023. This prestigious award – Excellence Awardee – recognises Ms Skerman’s exceptional leadership and the impact she has made on all facets of the Santa Sabina community since her appointment in 2019. In 2017, she was named as a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award for leading growth and inclusivity through innovation.

She has completed the Australian Company Directors Course and is a member of the Australian Heads of Independent Schools and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. She completed her initial education studies at the University of Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Marketing, a Postgraduate Diploma of Education, a Master’s of Education and is currently completing further studies through the Australian Catholic University.

She is married to Andrew, a medical doctor and they have two adult sons. She loves relaxing with her family, reading, boating, travelling and exploring new places.