John Stewart

Is Learning Life-Worthy?
John Stewart - conductor

John Stewart

Year 7 and Year 8 Teacher

My dream for Living School is to have the power of a collective determine the strength of our future, where we return to the indigenous principles of care and custodianship.

The key to my focus, my passion, is the drive to create a new paradigm of schooling to offer greater diversity, to embrace pluralism, to evoke a greater consciousness, to celebrate community.

In summary, our dream should be created together in order to leave this world a better place for our grandchildren’s grandchildren.


John’s focus is innovative, holistic and child-centred. With over 25 years of experience, John’s professional expertise is far-ranging. He has a Master of Education from the University of Cambridge, produced a multimedia CD ROM and textbook on writing, called Write Online, back in 2000 (published by Nelson Thorne), been a company director of a multimedia publishing company, Harmony Interactive, and co-authored with the widely acclaimed child psychologist, Dr John Irvine, Thriving at School: a handbook for parents.


Tertiary Qualifications

1998 – 2001  School of Education, University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College
Award:  Masters of Education

1995 – 1996 Southern Cross University, Lismore, Bachelor of Education (Primary) Stage III
Award: Bachelor of Education

1987 – 1989 University of New England, Northern Rivers, Lismore, Bachelor of Education (Primary) Stage I & II
Award: Diploma of Teaching

Work Experience

  • 1990 – 1992: Brainstorm productions, North Coast NSW Actor touring schools performing healthy lifestyle and conflict resolution shows.
  • 1993 – 1997: Hill House International School, London – a privately owned coeducation prep school in the heart of London, famous for children walking in crocodile file wearing knickerbockers and gold jumpers. Games teacher; English teacher; Head of Section;
  • 1997 – 2002: St John’s College School, Cambridge (voted by Tattler magazine as the UK’s best prep school) – world renowned for its Choristers and red blazers; Head of English; Editor of the Eaglet (the school’s year book publication) Director of Studies;
  • 2003: Barker College, Hornsby, Sydney. Three terms teaching as a Year Six teacher
  • 2003 – 2008: Head of Junior School at Central Coast Grammar – a coeducational day school on the Central Coast of NSW.
  • 2008 – 2013: Headmaster of Tudor House, Moss Vale, Southern Highlands. Australia’s only stand-alone primary boys’ boarding school, famous for its focus on responsible risk taking.
  • 2013 – 2015: Head of Green School, Bali – “the greenest school on the planet” with a focus on green leadership and environmental/sustainability education.
  • 2015 – 2016: Teacher for the Ngulingah Aboriginal program
  • 2016 – 2019: Teacher Quality Advisor, Dep’t of Education NSW
  • 2019 – present: creator and conductor of Living School Lismore