OUR Patron ElIda Brereton

Elida Brereton grew up in Melbourne, and was educated at Methodist Ladies’ College Kew. She gained her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne. Elida was a teacher and principal in the government school system for 43 years, being Assistant Principal and acting Principal at Brentwood Secondary College in the late 80s and early 90s, finishing in January 2010 after 15 years as Principal of Camberwell High School. From June 2010, Elida has worked part time for the Department of Education’s Bastow Institute, mentoring and coaching new and intern principals, and she is currently a consultant to some principals and to some schools.

A member of the central Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals Committee in the 1980s, and in the 1990s, Elida was also the Minister’s representative on the Board of Studies and Chair of the Assessment Committee.  She was the National President of the Australian College of Educators in 2002-04, a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2003, was awarded the national Australian College of Educators Medal in 2013, is a Brian Harris Fellow, and was head-hunted by the ABC in 2006 to be Miss Margaret Murray, Principal of Summer Heights High in the Chris Lilley TV series.

Elida was seconded to be a method lecturer at Monash University’s Faculty of Education in the mid-1980s, and is a member of key committees of both Deakin University and of Monash University at Berwick. She has been chosen to represent the Victorian educational world in South Korea, China, and the United Arab Emirates, and she has written over seven successful Geography textbooks. Elida is an Honorary Life Member of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria.  She is a Director on several Boards (including those of ACCESS Ministries, Foundation Boroondara, and MLC), and  is a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Centre Against Bullying (which is allied with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation).

Elida’s main cultural memberships are as a subscriber to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet, and the Geelong Football Club. She has enjoyed being rung by 3AW and ABC 774’s breakfast shows for comment about educational matters, and takes pleasure in her many speaking engagements. Elida loves travel, and is a passionate and prolific photographer and story-teller who feels she has been richly blessed in life.

Elida sees the aims of the Future Problem Solving Program as a natural fit for her, given her continuing passion for all things educational and her belief in the transformative nature of learning to create strong and independent thinkers for our future. 


Challenging students to apply their imagination and thinking skills.