Dr Lyn Bishop named on Queen's Birthday honours list

GREAT WORK: Dr Lyn Bishop with Sheldon College student leaders - Logan Redstall, Will Morris, Tara Finnegan and Ellie Lawson. Photo: Supplied
GREAT WORK: Dr Lyn Bishop with Sheldon College student leaders - Logan Redstall, Will Morris, Tara Finnegan and Ellie Lawson. Photo: Supplied

A REDLANDS educator who founded a private school has been included in the Queen’s Birthday honour list.

Dr Lyn Bishop – who is the principal of Sheldon College – will receive a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to education in Queensland.

She is one of 1007 Australians recognised today for their outstanding contributions to the nation.

Dr Bishop set up Sheldon College in 1997 after working for the Education Department for the previous three decades.

She first worked as a teacher at state schools, including Charleville School of the Air and Cavendish Road High in Brisbane, before her employment as a high school deputy principal and principal.

Dr Bishop was acting director of Education Queensland’s quality assurance team before beginning her work to set up Sheldon College – one of the bayside’s most prestigious schools.

Dr Bishop said her passion for educating young people inspired her to start Sheldon College.

“I made a conscious decision to leave the bureaucracy and go back to what I believe I did best and that was working with children,” she said.

“I have a fundamental belief in providing a first-class educational experience for children that sees them equipped to become worthwhile and contributing citizens in a dynamic and ever-changing global community.”

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove said he gave his deepest congratulations, admiration and respect to all those named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

“Today’s recipients now join the company of many women and men whose meritorious and brave actions have enriched our community and our lives,” he said. 

“Their qualities – compassion, dedication, generosity, selflessness, tolerance, and energetic ambition – inspire and motivate us.”

The skilled educator, who served as a Queensland Education Leadership Institute ambassador in 2014, has received other accolades for her work.

Most recently, she was bestowed Queensland University of Technology’s outstanding alumni award in 2014, the centenary medal in 2003 and was named a Queensland and Australian entrepreneur of the year in 2002.

Dr Bishop said she was honoured to be named a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient.

“I am very humbled to receive this award but I accept this on behalf of the large number of outstanding, dedicated and committed educators who have worked alongside me in the realisation of our vision to establish a school that would leave a legacy for children in the Redland Shire,” she said.

“Sheldon College is now recognised as one of Queensland’s most progressive independent schools.

“Sheldon College opened as an independent, non-denominational, not-for-profit, co-educational college in February 1997 with 110 students and six teachers. The college is now a vibrant community and thousands of graduates have passed through the college gates.”

For more information about Sheldon College, visit sheldoncollege.com.