Jihad Dib has been the Principal of Punchbowl Boys' High School for the past seven years. This is a school that has seen significant improvement over a period of time in community participation as well as improvement in academic and social development outcomes. These recognised gains have resulted in the awarding of a National Literacy and Numeracy Award, a Director General’s Award and culminated in a visit to the school by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard.
In 2010 NAPLAN results, Punchbowl Boys’ High School was amongst the highest achieving schools in the nation and in 2011, Mr. Dib was recognized as the NSW Secondary Principal of the Year.
Mr. Dib has built meaningful relationships bound by intercultural and interfaith experience, developed a social service component to the school, opened the school for high level community usage and established the school as an excellent example of what can be achieved when the vision is the same for all stakeholders.
Mr. Dib is a regular presenter at a range of forums, and in all forms of media. He is vocal in his support of Public Education and community capacity building and is often called upon by government agencies for his input into educational and social issues.
In August of 2012, he was re-appointed as a Commissioner to the NSW Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW.
Mr. Dib is involved in an initiative that takes young people from all walks of life to trek Kokoda and Sandakan on a bi annual basis.
As recognition for his contribution as a positive role model, Mr. Dib was featured in a Department of Immigration and Citizenship publication'The Australian Journey- Muslim communities’ and as a part of the SBS series 'Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl'