Stephen commenced as Principal of Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) in 1999. Under his leadership the school has quadrupled its size to become a thriving learning community of more 1,300 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. In 2005, Stephen founded the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. His vision was to embed innovation into everyday school practice.


“Schools must embrace a new paradigm and move away from what was once thought of as “school”.

Stephen Harris has been in school-based education for more than 35 years, with teaching experience across almost every grade from Kindergarten to Year 12. Stephen studied to be a secondary English teacher, trained in primary teaching method, and has completed a Master of Letters in Australian Literature. His firm belief is that every student should love learning, and that it is the responsibility of schools to relentlessly seek to engage students in their learning. No child should be excluded. 

This new paradigm is one where learning is personalized and collaborative, technology is adaptive, spaces are radically different to the traditional mindset, and a community built on positive relationships is at the core. Teaching and learning culture must be informed by global trends towards change in routines, expectations, perceptions, technology and organization structures in the 21st century.