24 April 2017:

WHAT does Barack Obama, Bill Gates, John F Kennedy and Bribie Island State High School principal Brett Burgess have in common?

Come spring, they will all have studied in the hallowed halls of Harvard University.

Mr Burgess is one of three principals bound for Harvard after being awarded the prestigious Harvard Club of Australia Education Scholarship.

Mr Burgess is off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education this winter to undertake the scholarship at the prestigious Ivy League institution, valued at about $14,000.

Mr Burgess will have the option of one of two Harvard Graduate School of Education programs – Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership or Leadership: An Evolving Vision.

Mr Burgess said he was honoured to have been chosen.

“I feel very proud and privileged (for the opportunity),” he said.

“I’m a reasonably experienced principal and I think it’s time to learn some new things.

“On a personal level, I just hope to be able to take my role as a principal to another level… I plan to share (my knowledge) with as many people who will listen.”

Mr Burgess will undertake the courses in June and July with the other scholarship recipients, two principals from New South Wales and Western Australia.

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