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West Australia Member Profiles

Christ the King Catholic School, Lombadina - Sharon LeRay

Luurnpa Catholic School, Halls Creek - Robert Ninkama

Ngalangangpum School, Kununurra - Deb Finn

St Mary Mackillop College, Busselton - Frank Norton

St Francis' School, Maddington - Ian Hagen

Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook - Mandy Connor

Seton Catholic College, Samson - Joseph Hoyne

John XXIII College, MT CLAREMONT - Robert Henderson

Newman College Churchlands - John Finneran

Mercy College, Kondoola - Julie Hornby

Santa Maria College, Attadale - Ian Elder

Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon - Marie Barton

Chisolm College, Bedford - John Bormolini

Aquinas College, Perth - Mark Sawle

Lumen Christ College, Martin - Darren O'Neill

Mater Dei College - Barry Alfirevich

Aranmore Catholic College - Declan Tanham

Mandurah Catholic College - Chris Wallace

Trinity College - Ivan Banks

Sacred Heart College, WA - Peter Bothe

Christ the King Catholic School, Lombadina

Sharon LeRay

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 200 kms above Broome on the beautiful Dampier Peninsular. Lombadina is right on the beach and a rich cultural history and Catholic history is part of this culture.
What is the nature of your College

K-10 school

How many students 67
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal of Seton Catholic College

What parts of the role of Principal give you greatest satisfaction:

Teaching and Learning: The Arts, Cultural studies, VET and the wellbeing and walfare of students and staff. The relational aspects of the role.

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

The beautiful location, the culture and the rich Catholic history which we carry on in honour of the people who came before us in doing God's work.

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

Remoteness, lack of specialized staff, wellbeing of staff and students, mental health issues and the need of a Psychologist and Social workers to provide assistance to the students who suffer trauma. Attendance impacts daily on the community as well as other health issues

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

For Aboriginal students, an education that caters for their cultural needs as well as prepares them for the opportunities available to other Australian students.

 

Luurnpa Catholic School, Halls Creek

Robert Ninkama

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 3200 km north of Perth in the Kimberley
What is the nature of your College

K-10 school

How many students 112
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Principal

What parts of the role of Principal give you greatest satisfaction:

Consistency in all areas to achieve positive outcomes

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

Providing safe, secure and healthy environment for our kids

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

Isolation since our school and two others are located in the remote Kimberley

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

 

 

Ngalangangpum School, Kununurra

Deb Finn

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 3500 km north east of Perth in the East Kimberley
What is the nature of your College

Co-ed K-10 school

How many students 98
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal/Reading Recovery EMU

What parts of the role of Principal give you greatest satisfaction:

 

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

Our "Ngapuny Way"

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

Attendance and sometimes our remoteness

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

Ensuring a Faith journey for all involved in Catholic Education

 

St Mary Mackillop College, Busselton

Frank Norton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Mary MacKillop College is in Busselton which is approximately 220km south of Perth, home of magnificent beaches and gateway to the iconic wine and surfing region of the South West.
What is the nature of your College

St Mary MacKillop College is a K-12 Systemic Co-Educational Catholic College.

How many students 1314
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning, Lumen Christi College

What parts of the role of Principal give you greatest satisfaction:
  • I delight in being a part of our College community. We have wonderful students who are full of life and bright eyed about the future, dedicated staff who are always looking to help, support and encourage the students, parents who want the very best for their sons and daughters and support the College in achieving this and members of the town community who are always welcomed into the College.
  • We all have our part to play and I love being part of all of this.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I'm proud to be welcomed into a community that is exploring exciting new challenges where the care and support of every student is at the top of their list.
  • I'm proud to be given the opportunity to work with our fabulous students, whether it is a morning greeting "Good morning Mr Norton and May God bless you with a sparkle and a sparkle and a I love you." to a chat with a Year 12 about a calculators ability to generate recursive formulae, I am blessed to be in this game.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • We are in our second year of an amalgamation of St Joseph' School and MacKillop Catholic College. Now being K 12, we look to embrace the wonderful opportunities that being one College can bring through delivering a seamless learning experience for all our students that spans all aspects of their growth.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • To develop in our students a strong Catholic identity where the compassion, respect, insightfulness, love, trust and optimism of our faith that we constantly see in our school community translates into their life after school.

 

St Francis' School, Maddington

Ian Hagen

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Maddington, a suburb, on the outskirts of Perth 16 kms from the CBD
What is the nature of your College

Systemic, co-educational, Care School

How many students between 30 and 40
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College mid 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

DP Corpus Christi College Senior School

What parts of the role of Principal give you greatest satisfaction:
  1. Helping students achieve thier potential and career aspirations
  2. Seeing students who are happy coming to school
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1. I am proud of the sense of belonging the students have at our school
  2. The understanding of the school motto: "I Believe...I Belong"
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  1. Continuing to work with the marginalised youth and maintaining their engagement in Education
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1.  Maintaining enrolments
  2. Catering for the diverse needs of our clientele

 

Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook

Mandy Connor

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Ellenbrook, a relatively new suburb, on the outskirts of Perth 23kms from the CBD
What is the nature of your College

Systemic, co-educational, Pre-kindergarten Year 12

How many students 770 (Opened in 2010 with 69 students in Years 7 and 8, growing to become a College with an enrolment of 1600)
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I was appointed as foundation Principal of Holy Cross College in 2008. (The College opened in 2010.) I also did some work for the system on whole school improvement while setting up the new College.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

2007 Principal - Bunbury Catholic College (Regional Secondary); 1999 2006 - Principal - St Joseph's College Albany (Regional K-12)

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1. As a new Catholic College we have engaged with our community to establish a strong Vision and Mission inspired by John 10:10 our College motto is Life to the Full. Our four pillars - Learning, Inter-relationships, Faith and Enrichment (LIFE) permeate all areas of College life. We have developed a distinctive Catholic identity, which includes a culture of pilgrimage in the College.
  2. We have established a strong culture of teaching and learning in an innovative learning environment. Holy Cross is recognised as a future focused school and a leading digital school. We share our learning with other schools in our system, as well as inter-state and international visitors
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  1. Catholic Identity Keeping faith at the centre, particularly as the percentage of Catholic students is relatively low in comparison to more established areas. Speaking the language of faith in a way our community understands, so that we may nurture a hope filled faith which gives our young people meaning in their lives.
  2. Student and parent engagement in learning building cultures of high expectations and developing partnerships to engage students in learning. Encouraging and maintaining high aspirations, to enable all students to achieve their potential, regardless of their circumstances.
  3. Student well-being supporting students to build resilience and to develop social competencies. Responding to a complexity of individual and family needs.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1.  Forming leaders with a deep sense of faith to lead our schools in an increasingly secularised world. If we are to maintain our Catholic identity, formation of current and future leaders is critical.
  2. Fostering well-being and resilience in school communities among students, staff and leadership teams.
  3. Re-imagining learning in a rapidly changing world - maintained, your steps must be well balanced, one step on the cornice of safety but "in educating a balance must be the other into the zone of risk. And when the risk becomes safe, the next step must venture into another area of risk. Education cannot be confined to the safety zone. "(Pope Francis)
  4. How do we hold on to what is at our core and step into the zone of risk?

 

Seton Catholic College, Samson

Joseph Hoyne

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 15 Kilometres SW from Perth
What is the nature of your College

Co-educational secondary college
Years 7-12

How many students 1061
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal John Paul College Kalgoorlie

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

1. Our students are honest and respectful young men and woman.

2. A strong pastoral care system for both students and staff

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

1. Maintaining the Catholic dimension of the College

2. Building a strong learning community to provide opportunities for all students to ensure future success


 

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

1. Funding issues both Federal and State.

2. To create an educational environment which harnesses the potential to engage and empower the students in our care.

 

John XXIII College, MT CLAREMONT

Robert Henderson

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  Located in Perth; 15 minutes west of the CBD.
What is the nature of your College
  • Co-educational
  • Pre Kindy Year 12
  • Founded in 1977 following the amalgamation of Loreto and St Louis. The school brings together the traditions of St Ignatius Loyola and Mary Ward in the pursuit of excellence.
  • Named after Pope Saint John XXIII and inspired by his example.
How many students 1527
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment
  • Headmaster, Ipswich Grammar School, Queensland
  • Headmaster of Christian Brothers' College Fremantle.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

It is a dynamic Catholic Co-educational environment. I have been immediately impressed with the calibre of our exceptional students and staff and our faith, academic, pastoral and co-curricular programs. I love that the College has a Mary Ward facility for students with disabilities.


The school has been located on its current site in Mt Claremont since 1986. The superb site has enabled the development of a spacious (24 hectares) single campus educational precinct. It is a very beautiful and picturesque campus.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  Our enrolments are very strong. However, there are other very good schools in the region across all of the sectors. One of our challenges will be continue to promote the benefits of a Catholic co-education in an area heavily populated by single gender Independent schools and quality government schools.
  • It is always an exciting challenge to attract, develop and maintain an excellent teachers and other staff.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Ensuring that the Gospel message of Jesus is kept alive particularly in a society that is increasingly critical of the traditional Church.
  • Maintaining our relevance as the face of the modern Church.

Newman College Churchlands

John Finneran

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory North of Perth
What is the nature of your College Newman College is a Catholic co-educational Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 School which educates inthe Marist Tradition. It is owned and governed by theMarist Brothers. The College endeavours to providestudents with a sense of community where they feelwelcome, accepted, valued and believed in, so theycan reach their potential both as individuals and asmembers of society. The College lives out thefoundational characteristics of Marist education - Family Spirit; Presence; Love of Work; Simplicity; and In the Way of Mary. The College is in the enviable position of being able to offer an integrated, varied and seamless curriculum from Pre- Kindergarten to Year 12. The development of literacy and numeracy is central to the educational program. The basics are developed in Kindergarten and built on through to the completion of Year 12. The College focuses on identifying and meeting the individual needs of each student, whether in providing support for those experiencing difficulties or maximising opportunities for those showing significant potential. The College also offers an extensive extra-curricular program including the Visual and Performing Arts, Sport, Immersion, Social Justice and Service Activities.
How many students 1884
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal - Marist Catholic College Penshurst, NSW.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1 Tremendous sense of community, welcome and care of our students
2 Outstanding resources 

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Ensuring the evangelising mission of the Church is transformative in the experiences provided for students, staff and families. This includes a commitment to Evangelisation, Religious Education, Social Action and parish partnership.
  • To continue to develop strong and robust learning culture/s that engages critical and creative thinking as key pedagogical principles. Additionally, ensuring quality teaching is supported by vibrant professional learning communities.

 

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

To create an educational environment which harnesses the potential to engage, affirm and empower the students in our care. As a faith-oriented context, our school and Catholic School systems needs to continue its evangelising mission whilst striving to be a centre of excellence which continually reflects upon its practices.

Mercy College, Kondoola

Julie Hornby [centre back row]

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory North-Eastern region - Kondoola
What is the nature of your College Composite K-12 Co-educational
How many students Approximately 1650
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal - Clontarf Aboriginal College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Diversity in culture K-12

initiatives and community connections

The students attitudes to learning

The commitment of staff

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

Pastoral issues and levels of support needed for some students and their families

 

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

Funding models to schools

Enrolment numbers of Catholic students
 

The number of Aboriginal students in Catholic schools.

Santa Maria College, Attadale

Ian Elder

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory On the Swan River in the suburb of Attadale, with magnificent views of the Perth CBD
What is the nature of your College Santa Maria College is a Years 5 12 school for girls founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1938. It is also a boarding school. Our governing body is Mercy Education
How many students 1270 (including 152 boarders).
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, Sacred Heart College, Sorrento for a period of 10 years
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Our College is built on four pillars:
Faith (through service), Academic, Cultural and Sporting achievements.
Excellent achievements in each of these domains makes the College and outstanding institution.

If our girls graduate with an outstanding ATAR but without a sense of community service,  a compassion for others and a wish to improve the human condition then we have failed. Our commitment to Service is something to be very proud of.

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

To continue to be a desired destination for future families, we can never become complacent. Before anything else, Catholic schools must be excellent schools.  Parents already move parishes or choose not to attend their parish and the same applies to our schools.

 

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

For many of our students the College is their only regular contact with the Catholic Church. Will they graduate with positive feelings about the Church?

 

Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon

 

Marie Barton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory situated 10km north of the township of Bindoon in the beautiful Chittering Valley, an hour's drive north of Perth
What is the nature of your College Order owned &c]: Year 7 12 Co-ed, boarding
How many students 150
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Vice Principal K-12 St Mary's Broome
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Focus on vocational education and training which provides a hands on curriculum for all students, pastoral care of our students

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

Limited resources and sustainable student numbers

 

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1. Mental health
  2. Well being of students.

 

Chisolm College, Bedford

John Bormolini

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 6 kms from CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-educational, 7 -12.
Formed in 1989 with the amalgamation of St. Thomas Aquinas and CBC Highgate.
How many students 1770
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Emmanuel Catholic College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1.  An inclusive and caring, learning environment.
  2. A friendly and engaged school that feels much smaller than it is.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  1. burgeoning demand for enrolments
  2. lack of nearby Catholic secondary school alternatives

 

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1. Future recurrent funding models.
  2. Support for the establishment of new Catholic schools.

 

Aquinas College, Perth

Mark Sawle

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 6 kms south of CBD
What is the nature of your College All boys K- Year 12 including Boarding Year 7-12
How many students 1370
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Headmaster at Aquinas
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1. Introduction of Kindergarten
  2. Implementation of the technology program
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Funding and rising student numbers

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1. Structure of centralized Catholic Education Offices
  2. Funding of Catholic Schools including Year 7

 

Lumen Christ College, Martin

Darren O'Neill

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 15 km SW of Perth CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-educational secondary college
Years 7-12
How many students 991
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Headmaster at CBC   Fremantle
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1. Our students are wonderful, honest and respectful young men and woman.
  2. The genuine and positive care consistently demonstrated and lived by the Staff.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  1. Our school and others nearby are in a rapidly growing area of the Perth metropolitan area.
  2. Navigating such growth and launching student enrolments across our Catholic schools will be important.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1. Funding issues both Federal/State and Special.
  2. Parents choosing Catholic education because of our results and facilities rather than our values. Choosing our Catholic schools for "the fruits, not the roots"

Mater Dei College

Barry Alfirevich

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Edgewater
(a suburb 25 minutes north of Perth CBD)
What is the nature of your College Co-educational secondary college
Years 7-12
How many students 1050
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of MacKillop Catholic College, Busselton
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  1. Welcoming, family-friendly environment
  2. Strong pastoral care program
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  1. Future of State and Federal funding
  2. Caring for an increasing number of students with limited faith experiences
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  1. Future of Federal funding
  2. Maintaining enrolment share

Aranmore Catholic College

Declan Tanham

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Leederville is approximately 5 kilometres north-west of the CBD.
What is the nature of your College Co-education Yr 7-12
How many students 725
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Nagle Catholic College, Geraldton
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. Inclusivity.
2. Staff and Students.

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

Operating in an inner city context.

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

1. Finance and reaching out to the margins.
2. Capital Infrastructure.

Mandurah Catholic College


Chris Wallace

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory South of Perth CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-education  K-12
How many students 1650
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Catholic College, Busselton
What parts of the role of being a Principal gives you the greatest satisfaction

Seeing growth and development in students

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

Development of a learning culture

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

Downturn in the financial economy.

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

The Royal Commission in Sexual Abuse

Trinity College


Ivan Banks

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 2km due East Perth CBD
What is the nature of your College Single sex (Male)
Year 4 12
Edmund Rice Education Australia
How many students 1350
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Bunbury Catholic College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1. The commitment of the entire community to our Christian Service Program.

2. The co-curricular program, especially in Sport, Music and Drama.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

1. Offering a firsts class education that is affordable for Catholic families.
2. Providing a safe environment in an area that is constantly undergoing development.

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

1. To offer an authentic Catholic Education in an increasingly secular world.
2. Guarantee of funding

Sacred Heart College, WA

Peter Bothe

In what year where you appointed as a Director of CaSPA:
2014

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory:

On the beach at Sorrento, twenty minutes north of Perth

What is the nature of your College [e.g. single sex, 6-12, Order owned &c]:
A co-educational Year 7-12 school in the charism of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions.

How many students:
1300

In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:
2010

What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:
Principal of St Lukes College in Karratha, WA.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:
The College has

  • a wonderful connection to social justice through a very active Young Vinnies group.
  • a vibrant Arts culture,
  • a peerless sporting record
  • a strong academic program.
  • these are the College's "Four Pillars

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

A challenge in our region is to ensure we can provide enough places for Catholic students in the region.

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

  • The funding uncertainty is a challenge for schools on a low fee base.
  • Another challenge is to maintain a true counter cultural Catholic education in our schools.

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