Phil Murray

Secondary Teacher
Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts

I grew up mostly in Melbourne, and still support AFL (apologies!) and spent some of my childhood in the Tweed valley in northern NSW.

I am married to Trudy and we have two adult daughters.

I completed my Year 12 at Edinburgh College (Victoria) and then graduated from Avondale University as a teacher. I then completed my masters degree through La Sierra University in California, USA.

In my 35 years of experience, I have been involved in 14 private schools across Qld, NSW, Vic, WA and out in the Pacific. These have been mostly Adventist schools, and several of them have been in regional centres across Australia. At several of these schools, I have been involved with administration, but feel right at home in the classroom too.

I’ve always enjoyed the great outdoors, whether it’s body surfing at a great beach, or bushwalking and/or birdwatching in a rainforest or other remote spot, away from the city lights. Nature is still pure in my eyes, so I enjoy being in it.

I also enjoy playing music (guitar, piano, bass, cajon, whatever!) particularly when it enhances a Christian worship service.

I think that Christian education offers a great opportunity to educate students in three key dimensions: mind, body, and spirit. To this end, I am fully supportive of students being involved with off-campus experiences, be they excursions, service-related camps, or personal challenge activities. In today’s world, those students who have given their best in both academic and other personal pursuits will develop the resilience needed to navigate through all of life’s challenges.