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Maronite College of the Holy Family - Sr Margaret Ghosn

MacKillop Catholic College, WARNERVALE - Steve Todd

Oakhill College, Castle Hill - Br Steve Hogan

St Patrick's College, Campbelltown - Sue Lennox

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood - Patrick O'Reilly

St Pauls College, Kempsey - Kevin Lewis

La Salle Catholic College Bankstown - Michael Egan

Trinity Catholic College, Auburn - Daniel Delmage

St Paul's Catholic College, Manly - Christopher Browne

MacKillop College Bathurst - Gina Whelan

St Peter's Catholic College, Tuggerah Lakes - Tim Hildebrandt

O'Connor Catholic College, Armidale - Regina Menz

Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek - Robert Nastasi

St Mary's Cathedral College, Sydney - Michael Kelleher

Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham - Paul Conn

Stella Maris College, Manly - Elizabeth Carnegie

McAuley Catholic College, Clarenza [via Grafton] - Mark O'Farrell

Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield - Peter Wade

St. John Paul College, Coffs Harbour - Michael Carniato

Delany College, Granville - Robert Muscat

St Francis de Sales Regional College, Leeton - Sebastian Spina

Lumen Christi Catholic College, PAMBULA BEACH - Steve Centra

Mount St Patrick College, MURWILLUMBAH - Paul Clohesy

St Pius X College Chatswood - John Couani

Carroll College, Broulee - Steve Bath

Marian Catholic College Kenthurst - Jayne Campbell

St Joseph's College Banora Point - Eric Littler

De La Salle College Ashfield - Stephen Kennaugh

St Scholastica's College - Kate Rayment

Rosebank College - Tom Galea

Marist Parramatta - Patrick Howlett

James Sheahan NSW - Mark Pauschmann

All Saints College NSW - David Fetterplace

Mount St Benedict College, NSW - Maria Pearson

Maronite College of the Holy Family, Harris Park

Sr Margaret Ghosn

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Parramatta west of Sydney in the Macarthur region
What is the nature of your College Independent Co-ed. 
How many students 1200
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal at the College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • When students achieve exceptional results
  • When there is family spirit
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Community spirit
  • Improving reputation in  the wider community
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Governance
  • Social Media
  • Secularisation
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The anti-religious climate
  • Safe Schools Program
  • Funding

MacKillop Catholic College, WARNERVALE

Steve Todd

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Warnervale is North of Sydneyin the Hornsby region
What is the nature of your College Co-ed K-12
How many students 1500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal McKillop College, Bathurst
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • School Improvement Plans
  • Building the Catholic Culture of the College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Very strong HSC results for a low SES area
  • The proud Josephite culture of the school
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Mental Health Issues for students and Parents
  • Being part of a renewed Catjolic School profile post Royal Commission outcomes
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally Making Catholic Schools truly local commuity based schools

Oakhill College, Castle Hill

 

Br Steve Hogan FSC

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory DeLaSalle Oakhill is north of the Sydney CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-Ed Year 7 Year 12.
How many students 1700
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal DLS Hong Kong
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students aspire to better things

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Student and school ethos

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Gonski 2.0

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding challenges
  • Relativism

St Patrick's College, Campbelltown

Sue Lennox

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Patrick's College is in the south west of Sydney in the Macarthur region
What is the nature of your College Independent Girls school in the Good Samaritan tradition. Year 7 Year 12.
How many students 700
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal Dean of Students
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Initiating changes in curriculum and pedagogy that bring about greater learning for every girl at the College.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Increase of enrolments of Aboriginal girls and their pride in identifying as an Aboriginal young woman

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Poverty. For some the inability to give the best to their children because of a lack of resources and others their limited understanding of the power a good education has in lifting their children out of the cycle of poverty they are experiencing.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally The relevance of the church in the lives of the congregation now given the reputational damage it has suffered and will continue to suffer in this generation.
Diminishing number of teachers who are committed to their religion so that it becomes increasingly difficult to employ people who are able to contribute to the charism of a catholic school.

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood

Patrick O'Reilly

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Burwood, NSW: Inner West, Sydney.
What is the nature of your College Senior College, Year 11 and 12
How many students 250 Full time students, Year 9-13 (including post school programs), 190 Part time/External students.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal, Marist College, Kogarah
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Being involved in the successful establishment of a new educational and training entity, leading and embracing innovation and contemporary thinking.

Working alongside colleagues committed to Senior school experience and pathways focussed on the building of skills, competence, confidence, character and faith.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Providing meaningful, engaging, applied learning pathways in and through the HSC, in a Centre of Excellence-recognised in part through twice being a National Award Winner.

Providing personalised, flexible and adaptable learning pathways, including School Based Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Enterprise activities, which provide fanastic personal and professional opportunities for our young adults, in the context of a faith community.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

A shared, genuine valuing of a Vocationally focussed HSC-a valid and important pathway, one which suffers a 'parity of esteem' alongside the pursuit of the ATAR.


Growing and maintaining an engaging and enriching faith experience for all in this community of faith.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally Sufficient and equitable resourcing of all non-Government schools, especially those such as Trade Training Centres who are additionally resource intensive.

Maintaining and balancing community trust and confidence alongside an authentic response to historical Church abuse.

St Pauls College, Kempsey

Kevin Lewis 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory SPC is located 424km north of the Sydney CBD
What is the nature of your College SPC is coeducational 7-12 and is part of the Lismore system of schools
How many students 585
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal of this school, and prior to that Assistant Principal of St Paul's High School (now MacKillop College) in Port Macquarie
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students get the opportunity to succeed in areas that they once may have not even been able to access. I enjoy seeing them put the hard work in and succeeding academically, culturally, in the community and on the sporting field.

I also take great pride in their successes outside of school and in the work force believing that their education and community mindedness has come from the hard work of the team here at SPC
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of We have given students a far greater choice of pathways during senior schooling moving from a highly academic pathway to a more flexible and suitable pathway based on their individual needs and preferences
I am also proud of the growth we have had, not only in our enrolment numbers, but also in the outcomes achieved by students in their HSC or work opportunities. We have moved into the 200's on ATAR over the past 4 years up from numbers in the high 400's.

We have also increased our VET offerings and numbers within those courses to better cater for students needing to progress into employment rather than to tertiary study. I believe now have a better balance of courses for students, but we are always looking to improve that even further..

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area Kempsey is a low SES area so aspirations sometimes are low, in line with wages and job opportunities so we work hard to ensure as much access to employment outcomes an academic success as we can.  Low fee schools rely on a lot of good will, supoort above and beyond from staff and the community to ensure we can provide a quality education for all of our students.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally Funding for everything - interventions, extension, facilities, specialist staff, community engagement and opportunities. We can all offer a traditional curriculum but this is not what our students need. They need real world opportunities and that takes resources, time and money which seems to be a difficult thing to provide for many schools around the country.

I also believe that Catholic Schools will suffer when the TJH Hearing hands down its verdict and recommendations (possibly justifiably so) as well the implications of 83C and other governmental imperatives placed on schools. It's becoming a question of.... when am I going to find time to do that...?.

La Salle Catholic College Bankstown

Michael Egan 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory South Western Sydney, 20km from the CBD.
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-ed 7&8, boys 9-12, incorporating a Trade Skills Centre
How many students 635
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

 Working with refugee students, working with committed teachers.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Upgraded facilities that meet the learning needs of students in this community.

Strong, consistent growth in student performance data.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area Overcoming the literacy obstacles confronting newcomers, engaging parents more meaningfully in the education of their children.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

The changed landscape of Government funding that threatens our capacity to maintain low fee systems of schools.

The relentless growth in teachers tasks that have little or nothing to do with teaching and learning.

Trinity Catholic College, Auburn

Daniel Delmage 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Trinity Catholic College is a two campus school located in the Inner West Region of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The school is located about 45 minutes west of the Sydney CBD and about 20 minutes east of Parramatta.
What is the nature of your College Our school is co-educational college located on two sites. Our Regents Park site caters for the needs of students in Years 7 & 8 and our Auburn Site caters for students in Years 9 - 12. The College is administered and supported of Sydney Catholic Schools but it is also supported by Marist Schools Australia
How many students 1224
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment I was principal of Marist College Eastwood for 9 years
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

 The parts of the role that give me the greatest satisfaction is making a difference in the lives of your students. From the child who needs special help and support to our most gifted students who need to be challenged. See them happy, safe and engaged in their learning gives me great satisfaction.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

I am especially proud of the rich Catholic Culture that is alive and vibrant in the college which creates the opportunity for staff and students to deepen their faith while working together in community. The other important feature of the College is the wonderful academic results that have been achieved over many years. This feature continues today with students and staff focused on doing great things together.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area The main challenge of us is to continue to maintain our rich and vibrant Catholic culture in a changing demographic region, however this has been a hallmark of the college's achievements over many years. Furthermore, our commitment to academic excellence well supported by a focus on Literacy and Numeracy through contemporary pedagogical approaches creates the foundational base that will ensure success for our students as the move into the 21st Century.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

I feel that we are in a period of great challenge. We need to ensure that our schools remain distinctively Catholic in the face of an increasing secular society. Furthermore, as educators, we need to ensure that we are clear about what students need to prepare them for the future and this needs to be well supported by research.

St Paul's Catholic College, Manly

Christopher Browne 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 18km north of Sydney across the harbour. The school is part of the old St.Patrick's estate up the hill from Manly founded by the Christian Brothers in 1929 and became a diocesan school under lay leadership in 1982.
What is the nature of your College Diocesan Catholic secondary boys college with an Edmund Rice history.
How many students 660
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Hennessy Catholic Catholic College Young
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

 I'm energised by working with a team of staff to transform our school to allow our boys to be the best they can be, having every opportunity possible to put their best foot forward. Seeing young men grow through the troubles in their lives to become fine young men has always struck me as a particularly satisfying aspect I witness year in year out. Producing well educated confident young men of faith that will go out in the world to make a difference, placing others at their heart is wonderful to see. As Catholic schools we have a responsibility to support such students as core business. If we can't do that in our context why is the gate open?

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

- St Paul's is a comprehensive boys Catholic college with a rich program that honours its Edmund Rice tradition as well as a strong culture of excellence for the students regardless of their aspirations.
- An experienced leadership team and staff committed to the best for the boys in our care with a growing and vibrant culture of innovation in learning.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area - We are challenged by a community whose valuing of the ethos of Catholic schools has been severely impacted by the decline of the Catholic school as an automatic choice for parents with a Catholic school background. Hence they are very mobile with their educational choices for their children. This has been further impacted by the climate created by the Royal Commission. What our community values about our schools has never been more fluid.

- There is a crowded concentration of independent schools, some of whom are Catholic in this region as well as selective and non selective government schools which create a complex enrolment context.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

 

- Commonwealth and State Funding and their impact on fee levels will always be a concern for our schools.

- The intersection of charism and the story of Jesus as a values foundation for what we do. Having the stories of our founding charism and Jesus come alive and have relevance today in our community in an atmosphere of significant challenge for the Catholic church generally..

MacKillop College Bathurst

Gina Whelan 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory MacKillop College is in Bathurst which is three hours west of Sydney in NSW.
What is the nature of your College Systemic , all girls, 7 12.
How many students 600
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal, MacKillop College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

It's still very early days but I really enjoy catching up with students and teachers in the  classroom environment wherever possible.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The positive school spirit of the MacKillop College community is evident in all we do. I love  how the girls get involved in all areas of College life.
  • Students are extremely supportive of  their peers and other community members with a strong sense of social justice.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Being a country school, keeping up to date with professional learning needs often  requires extended travel. This means teachers are required to be out of class more often than  their city counterparts.
  • Combatting the epidemic of mental health issues, particularly in girls, is a challenge we face
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

 

  • The reputation of the Catholic Church has been under threat following the recent royal  commission. Ensuring Catholic schools continue to be seen as places of excellence in student  care and academic results is essential.
  • Becoming the "new centres of evangelisation" is a challenge faced by Catholic schools at this  time. Engaging students in their faith and their connection with the Parish community is a  task we have before us.

O'Connor Catholic College, Armidale

Regina Menz

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory O'Connor is located in the Northern Tablelands, approx 6 hours inland from Sydney
What is the nature of your College O'Connor is a systemic co-educational College with Years 7 to 12.
How many students 520
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment For the past three years, I have worked for the Catholic Schools Office (CSO), Diocese of Armidale. My work for the CSO involved working with the Secondary schools in the Diocese implementing and supporting change in contemporary learning. I worked with Principals, teachers and students to support the adoption of evidence-based practices that engage students to bring about the best learning outcomes for all.
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

The chance to lead learning and teaching. I am looking forward to working with all to build capacity to create an engaging, contemporary learning environment where every person has the chance for learning growth.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

O'Connor has a rich tradition firmly founded on faith. It is a welcoming community where everyone is valued for who they are and what talents they bring. O'Connor is a community that is founded on faith and focused on learning.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

 

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

 

To be true to the Catholic faith and to ensure that students leave our school knowing the core catholic principles and how these then influence our lives. We aim to have students who are creative, confident and informed to truly make a difference in our world.

St Peter's Catholic College, Tuggerah Lakes 

Tim Hildebrandt

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are in Tuggerah Lakes, approximately 1.5 hours north of Sydney in the Central Coast Region
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-ed, K - 12
How many students 1000
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal - Curriculum at Oakhill College, Castle Hill.
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

My greatest satisfaction comes from witnessing and celebrating student achievement when young people have worked towards challenging goals and have been successful in their endeavours.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

I am most proud of our students. We have wonderful young men and women who are eager to learn and display a confidence and competence in everything they undertake. It is inspiring to work closely with them and experience their enthusiasm for life.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Student well-being is a constant issue in our local area and keeping students emotionally and socially safe is a great challenge for us.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

There is always the challenge of inspiring young people to outwardly and unashamedly "live their faith" in their everyday interactions, especially in what is becoming a more and more secular society.

 

Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek

 

Robert Nastasi

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Western Sydney- part of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
What is the nature of your College Coeducational Year 7-12  on a rural urban fringe setting of 15 acres
How many students 1050
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College Term 4, 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment 29 years in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney, but most recently 5 years as Assistant Principal at Aquinas Catholic College, Menai
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. vibrant, generous and hard working staff
2. multicultural student population with a large component more recently of Sudanese/African students from refugee families who we proudly embrace and support

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Instilling a positive growth mindset in our students reminding them that they are capable learners who can achieve at the highest level despite the stereotypes that goes with Western Sydney communities

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

 

Bridging the inequities and reminder that Catholic Schools were set up for the poor and thus the value of preferential treatment for the poor and any disadvantaged group is paramount.

St Mary's Cathedral College, Sydney

 

Michael Kelleher

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory The College is located next to St Mary's Cathedral in the heart of Sydney, located between between Hyde Park and the Domain.
What is the nature of your College The College is a systemic Years 3 -12 College, with a specialist music program for boys in Years 3-6. There are normally 6 boys in Years 3 7 who are Choristers and are in the Cathedral Choir, which is significant commitment time-wise outside of school hours.
How many students There are 43 boys in Years 3-6 in 2 Composite classes, and 700 boys in Years 7-12.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Previous to this year, Michael was the Assistant Principal at Patrician Brothers College Fairfield (2012-2015) and La Salle College Bankstown (2009-2011).
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The College has a strong connection with the Cathedral with over 40 students across all years involved in the Cathedral Choir. The choristers in the Choir are on scholarships for tuition fees from the Cathedral. The College has forged a reputation for excellence in music.
  • Over the past 3 decades the highlight being the Annual College Concert held in the Sydney Town Hall in June. Over 250 students receive music tuition weekly, which is showcased on this evening.
  • The College is inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice as the Christian Brothers led and guided this community for 105 years between 1911 & 2015.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Being in the center of the largest capital city in Australia next to the Mother Church in the Cathedral is a privilege for staff and students.
  • The College continues to offer a comprehensive education catering for the diverse learning needs in providing opportunities for students to be the best they can possibly be.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The Challenge for Catholic schools continues to be around the engagement of families in the Catholic life of the College and connecting them with the Church in a meaningful manner.
  • The mental health and wellbeing is an emerging and increasing need as society changes and the impact of social media increases.

Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham

Paul Conn

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  Lewisham, a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney
What is the nature of your College  Congregational School for boys years 5 to 12 founded by the Christian Brothers and Governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia.
How many students 1370
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2008
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment  Member of Christian Brothers Province Leadership Team QLD /NT
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  Our dynamic and harmonious Multi Cultural Community.
  • The outstanding relationship between staff and students.
  • Our spiritualty and formation programs such as  the Peru Cultural Immersion program and the "Rubicon" middle school spiritualty program.
  • Our Indigenous program.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  Continuing to celebrate diversity whilst respecting individual difference and common good.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  To be true to the Gospel  Value of inclusion especially within  a society which appears to concentrating  on difference  rather than what unites.

Stella Maris College, Manly

Elizabeth Carnegie

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located in safe and quiet position at the northern end of Manly Beach less that 20 km from Sydney CBD
What is the nature of your College Congregational Girls' College Years 7-12 a school of Good Samaritan Education
How many students 920
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal at St Scholastica's College Glebe
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1. Our girls balance a strong academic program with a range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and involvement in the ministry/outreach activities of Good Samaritan Education.
  2. A strongly connected community with good relationships with parents/carers
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  1. Maintaining affordability for Catholic families
  2. Guiding students towards an understanding of their faith in an increasingly secularised wider community
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1. Increasing accountability regarding governance and compliance for schools
  2. Increasing pressure on staff in schools and their concern about meeting the requirements of Teacher Accreditation
  3. Funding certainty for non-government schools over the next ten years

McAuley Catholic College, Clarenza [via Grafton] 

Mark O'Farrell

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 8 Hours north of Sydney, 3 Hours south of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Systemic Co-ed 7-12 school in Diocese of Lismore
How many students 520
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Director of Curriculum (AP) Waverley College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. Enormous School spirit and friendly welcome from Students each day 2. Amazing Staff willing to constantly extend their professional capacity as educators in wanting to provide the best learning experiences for their students.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

1. Distance and isolation and cost from participating in the many professional learning experiences that occur in the capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

2. The development of Mental Health and Student Wellbeing programs for students and training for whole staff in contemporary programs such as resilience or mindfulness training for staff

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

1. Gap between amazing faith encounters students are experiencing in schools and what they are receiving or not receiving in their parish churches.

2. Increasing need for faith formation and leadership training for staff.

Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield

Peter Wade

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Fairfield, Outer Western Sydney.
What is the nature of your College Boys Catholic College Years 7 to 12
How many students 1170
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Delany College, Granville
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Patrician tradition.
  • Reputation as a school that makes a difference for young men.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Keeping relevant in 21st century learning.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Will Catholic schools be Catholic in 2030?

St. John Paul College, Coffs Harbour

Michael Carniato

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 500kms north of Sydney
What is the nature of your College 7-12 co-ed CSO school
How many students 1030
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • positive and accepting nature of our students for those less fortunate.
  • our attention to students with special needs
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • maintaining numbers
  • maintaining CATHOLIC enrolments
  • engage and involve parent community
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • legitimise our calling as Catholic Schools
  • ensuring sound governance structures in Catholic Schools

Delany College, Granville

Robert Muscat

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Western suburbs/Low SES/ Highly multicultural/High percentage of
What is the nature of your College 7-12 systemic co-educational.
How many students 420
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at  St Clare's Hassall Grove
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

In 2014, Delany College introduced a new approach to learning and teaching called the Delany Connective. Our approach is designed, first and foremost, on learning how to learn. In line with new connected spaces we have changed the way we teach, based on skills students need to learn for success.

Collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity underpin learning and teaching at Delany College. Moreover, we have developed the learning wheel which is a framework for educating the whole person in an approach that leads to deeper learning, understanding and applying learnings in new ways.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The main challenge is to remain a viable option for our communities. We endeavour to communicate our Catholicity and a Christ-cantered education environment.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

We not only transform the minds but also the hearts of our students and teachers.

Furthermore, we support our parents in furthering the faith of their children.

St Francis de Sales Regional College, Leeton

Sebastian Spina

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Francis is in Leeton, a town of 7,500 people in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in the Riverina. 560km south west of Sydney
What is the nature of your College St Francis is a comprehensive Year 7 -12 Day and Weekly Boarding School. We became systemic (Diocese of Wagga Wagga) in 2004
How many students 740 students of which 205 are weekly boarders. All boarders travel in by bus on Monday morning and home on Friday afternoons. Boarders typically live within a 2.5 hour radius of the school.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I was asked to be the Acting Principal semester 2 2015 and have been asked to continue through 2016.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment : Assistant Principal at St Francis since 2004.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

We are a rural community and have been able to maintain accessible fees.

Our numbers, both boarding and day school, didn't drop even through 10 years of severe drought.

We have increased our number of Indigenous students which now number 42.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

We strive to maintain our position as an "Inclusive" school, not an "Exclusive" school".

We are working against an issue of dwindling numbers in feeder catholic Primary schools.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Upholding the Bishops mandate and as Principal we a particular responsibility to maintain a religious culture, in partnership with parents and parishes which involves:

  • regularly gathering as a community for worship and prayer;
  • meaningfully instructing the faith;
  • providing exciting opportunities to experience Christ.

Lumen Christi Catholic College, PAMBULA BEACH

Steve Centra

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Pambula Beach Far South Coast NSW.
What is the nature of your College Co-ed K to 12
How many students 720
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment DP at St Teresa's Catholic College in Noosaville, Qld.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

We are evolving into a vibrant K to 12 College where primary/secondary teacher collaboration creates unique pedagogical opportunities.

Lumen is also proud of its extensive involvement in the wider community, thereby being true to our vision: "You are the light of the world. Shine your light."

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Due to our remote location on the far south coast, career pathways can be limited. Students invariably leave the area to pursue higher education and in some cases, employment.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Mental health issues appear to be on the rise, particularly amongst young people. Providing adequate resources in schools to deal with such issues is a challenge. Whilst the pastoral care provided by Catholic schools is often exceptional, specialist care is often required. This places considerable pressure on school staff to manage issues they are not necessarily equipped to manage. Building the resilience of young people is essential, as is developing a growth mindset which enables students to understand that through hard work and persistence, they can be successful.

Another challenge facing educational institutions is to come up with new approaches to teaching and learning approaches that are engaging and enable students to thrive. Traditional approaches to pedagogy need to be replaced with 21st century thinking. Unfortunately, the system within which we work can often work against this, as can our resistance to change.

Mount St Patrick College, MURWILLUMBAH

Paul Clohesy

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Murwillumbah is part of the Tweed Valley. It is a beautiful town located at the base of Mt Warning just south of the QLD border. While the College is 8 hours from Sydney it is only a 25 minute drive from the Gold Coast
What is the nature of your College Mt St Patrick is a Systemic Regional College
How many students 745
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal of St Joseph's College Geelong
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. Academic performance of the College
2. Solomon Islands Program
3. Whole School singing practice for liturgies

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Absence of alternate pathways for students for VET courses and the like
  • Engagement of students who are not intending to pursue academic courses
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  How do provide an authentic Catholic Education for the unchurched students and staff in our colleges.
  • Developing a consistent approach  to curriuculum and administration across the national education systems.

St Pius X College Chatswood

John Couani

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory The College is located in the heart of the vibrant Chatswood business and shopping district and transport interchange on Sydney's north shore, 12 km from the Sydney CBD. The College's extensive sports fields and facilities are a short distance away at the Treacy Compex, Oxford Falls.
What is the nature of your College St Pius X College is a Catholic Boys' College (Years 5 12) in the Edmund Rice tradition.
How many students 1150
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Regional Director, Eastern Region, Catholic Education Office, Sydney. Previously I was Principal at Holy Spirit College, Lakemba.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

I am particularly proud of:

  • the faith of our College community students, families and staff which underpins everything we do;
  • our educational standards;
  • our pastoral care and wellbeing programs that are embedded at the College. This year we celebrate our 10th year as a MindMatters school; and 
  • school spirit. The boys, families and staff are proud of their College and their achievements in the classroom, in the extensive co-curricular program (sport, performing arts, outdoor education) and in the community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Key challenges for us are:

  • meeting increasing demands for enrolment;
  • maintaining affordability for our families; and
  • guiding our students in an increasingly challenging and material society.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding is a key issue; and
  • Further improving already high educational standards.

Carroll College, Broulee

Steve Bath

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory On the coast 300km south of Sydney
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Coeducational College in Canberra Goulburn Diocese
How many students 550
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The high level of community involvement that our College has

Staff that are committed to providing excellent educational pathways, both academic and Vocational, for ours students

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The balance between providing an affordable educational option for our families in a low-SES area whilst also providing first class facilities


Very fluid demographics and a very transient population

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Ongoing issues around funding


Maintaining our Catholic identity and values in a society that is becoming increasingly secular

Marian Catholic College Kenthurst

Jayne Campbell

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory outer North West Sydney
What is the nature of your College Secondary 7-12 Co-ed comprehensive
How many students 1060
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Head of Secondary school and Director of Learning and Teaching K-12 at John XXIII Primary and St Mark's College Stanhope Gardens
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Our outstanding staff and students and the generosity with which they contribute to our strong sense of community

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Our area is one of great population expansion and the demand for a Catholic education far outstrips the places available - the enrolment period is extremely stressful for both our families and us.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

The pressures of high stakes testing and the politicisation of the education agenda are often distractions from what we know constitutes effective learning and teaching practices. We have to seek to remain focused on our strategic plans and still engage with these outside demands - we must maintain a voice in these debates.

St Joseph's College Banora Point

Eric Littler

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Rural / Regional near Queensland Border
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Co Educational
How many students 870
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Foundation Principal of Xavier Catholic College Ballina 12 years; Principal John Paul College Coffs Harbour
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Committment to Social Justice.

Breadth of Educational Opportunities

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Given our geographical position the  cross border issues of our location in relation to TVET and SBATS and the different education system requirements.
Remotenesss from Sydney.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

The Authentic Catholic Witness of a Catholic School in a church at the crossroads.
Building trust and connections between the school community and the Local parish in the midst of the Royal Commission .

 

De La Salle College Ashfield

Stephen Kennaugh

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 15 minutes from CBD
What is the nature of your College Catholic College for boys Years 7 - 12
How many students 570
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Headmaster St Gregorys College Campbelltown
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The wonderful facilities that enable learning to occur in the College and the great community that are so supportive of all that we do as teachers.

The young men that we teach, being loyal to the College and what we are aiming to achieve.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Developing a community that serves the educational needs of our boys and enables aspirational learners.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Continuing to engage the student body using diverse methodologies.

St Scholastica's College

Kate Rayment

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 10 minutes from the CBD of Sydney
What is the nature of your College A Years 7-12 college for girls operating under the guidance and charism of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan
How many students 1030
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of McCarthy Catholic College in Tamworth, NSW
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. The charism and active mission work of the college

2. The dedication of the staff towards support for the girls in all aspects of their development

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

1. Increasing enrolment demand

2. Public perception of academic excellence and school success based on non-representative data

3. Changing demographics and increasing influence of secularisation

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

1. Remaining 'authentic' with changing school populations - demand from non-Catholics and Catholics choosing other educational options

2. Public perceptions - selective schools being portrayed as better based on top-end academic exit data alone

Rosebank College

Tom Galea

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 15 minutes from the CBD of Sydney
What is the nature of your College Independent Catholic Co-educational College for students Year 7 - Year 12
How many students 1100
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2005
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at OLSH College, Alice Springs
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. Six stage building program(due for completion in 2016) including contemporary CAPA facilities (Drama and Dance Studio, Visual Arts Centre, PDM Labs and General Learning Classrooms)
2. Strong community connections, active student and parent body, staff proud to work and be associated with the College
3. Significant increase in enrolments from 520 in 2006 to 1250 in 2015.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

1. Increasing pressure for enrolments
2. Time and stress management for executive members of staff
3. Quality staffing and ongoing professional development

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

1. Management of students at risk due to mental health issues.

2. Managing a large budget in the context of little clarity regarding funding post 2017

Marist Parramatta

Patrick Howlett

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Diocese of Parramatta
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Boys Systemic School
How many students 1021
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2002
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Marcellin College Randwick
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Introduction of student-centered learning: Years 7-10 Project-based Learning Year 11 Problem-based Learning Year 12 Flipped Classroom approach.
  • Professional Learning opportunities for all teachers. 100 hours each year.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The main challenge to Catholic Schools is engaging all students in the classroom, as we move to a more technological student population, with shorter attention spans.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Consideration of not what we teach, but how do we teach. The content is selected by state and federal level, but how the content is delivered is a local school decision. The purpose of the old teacher centred approach, is to teach to the exam, which is not applicable to the 21st century.

James Sheahan NSW

Mark Pauschmann

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 4 hours west of Sydney
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Co-education School
How many students 1025
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal at Marist Sisters College Woolwich
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

At James Sheahan Catholic High School, we encourage in each student a desire to achieve to his or her full potential in all areas of their faith, learning and growth. Opportunities are provided for students to develop self-esteem, leadership and a sense of social and environmental responsibility. Through our founding charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and the de La Salle Brothers, our goal is to be a school that encourages mutual respect, partnership, healthy relationships and appreciation of all members of the community - staff, students, parents and parish. With our mission statement reminding us that we provide opportunities in excellence, growth and success in a caring environment, we believe we fulfil that excellence by focusing on the whole child in the areas of faith, learning and well-being. In all aspects of school life, we have achieved outstanding success in our academic outcomes, in the huge variety of activities we offer in our co-curricular program and in a wide range of community service projects while at the same time, maintaining a warm, friendly school environment where the care and well-being of our students is utmost. We have consolidated the good things that have been happening for several years now and embedding them into the culture of our school. This is what we have come to know as the Sheahan Way and includes such things as the positive way we treat each other through compassion, courage and hope. Things such as allowing learning to happen, of seizing the opportunity, being resilient, having a go, striving for excellence and never giving up. Our Gospel theme is taken from Matthew 7:7 "Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be open to you". One can almost feel how powerful these words from Christ are in providing for our students, inspiration in raising their achievement through the effort and improvement that they will put into their learning. As a Catholic coeducational centre of learning, our goal is for each student to achieve beyond their potential. In offering a broad and balanced education, our students gain the confidence and the skills to develop their talents and strengths as emotionally intelligent leaders young men and women who, valuing compassion, courage and hope, will be prepared for a changing world.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

We are the only Catholic High School in our regional city with the other High Schools either being Departmental or Independent schools. Though there are times we share in community events, there is little by way of educational collegiality due to the nature of our systems. A challenge might be to look at ways in bringing us together as we all share in wanting our students in raising their achievement in learning. Another challenge is the cost in providing the same quality resources and experiences that students in metropolitan schools have access to. Excursions are very expensive and often require leaving at 5am and returning late at night to attend utilise facilities easily accessible in the city. We are making more and more use of technology and virtual experiences yet we are paying up to four times more on broadband than what it costs in the city.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

One issue is in the reality that more and more non-Catholic students are entering our schools as well as many of our Catholic students not just being children of the un-churched but now, grandchildren of the un-churched. How do we ensure that the inclusiveness that is the foundation of who we are does not dilute our Catholic identity? How do we maintain our rich heritage and tradition and live out the Gospel values so as to be relevant in these uncertain times within the Church and its place in society?

All Saints College NSW

 

David Fetterplace

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory South Western Sydney
What is the nature of your College Co-educational Year 11 & 12
How many students 550
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal at All saints Catholic Boys College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Tolerance for wide cultural diversity

Excellence in terms of HSC results, especially in terms of value-adding.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

High ESL population

Low socio-economic area

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Increasing numbers of non-catholic and non-Christian enrolments.

Making the schooling experience relevant to students with a range of learning styles and needs.

 

Mount St Benedict College, NSW

Maria Pearson

In what year where you appointed as a Director of CaSPA:
2012

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory:
In the Hills District in North/Western Sydney

What is the nature of your College [e.g. single sex, 6-12, Order owned &c]:
Girls School;,

Years 7 to 12, Congregational owned by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan

How many students:
980

In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:
2005

What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:
Deputy Principal at OLMC Parramatta
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:

  • We are involved in an exciting project to enhance the engagement of students in the Middle Years.
  • Our students are involved in a wide range of ministry and outreach activities ranging from visiting local aged care facilities to overseas immersions in developing countries.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area:

  • maintaining fees at levels which ensure accessibility,
  • the ever increasing compliance demands placed on schools,
  • increasing rates of mental health issues among students,
  • teacher workloads.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally...:

Ongoing security of funding is always an issue

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