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Nothern Territory Member Profiles

Xavier Catholic College, Bathurst Island - Tess Fong

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School Santa Teresa, via Alice Springs - Br Daniel Hollamby fms

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs - Br Matthew Green

St John's Darwin - Lindsay Luck

St Joseph's Katherine - Denis Graham

O'Loughlin Catholic College, Darwin - James Jolley

MacKillop Catholic College, NT - Lauretta Graham

Xavier Catholic College, Bathurst Island

Tess Fong

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Xavier Catholic College (XCC) is located in the town of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, 80 kilometres north of Darwin.
What is the nature of your College

Together MCPS (Murrupurtyanuwu Catholic Primary School), XCC forms the Catholic Education Precinct and alongside the community provides a Quality Catholic Tiwi Education for students from Pre-School to Year Thirteen. XCC was originally established as a boys' school in 1932 and it now offers coeducation opportunities for 122 students from Year Seven to Year Thirteen. Middle School students (Year Seven to Year Nine) study Religious Education, Australian Curriculum English, Australian Curriculum Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Health and Physical Education, Creative Arts (Music and Art), and Design and Technology (Woodwork and Food Technology). Senior School students (Year Ten to Year Thirteen) study academic and vocational subjects and since 2013 the college has had nine students graduate with their NTCET the first to do so whilst studying on the island.

How many students 122
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College Tess Fong the current Principal of XCC has been in the position since 2014. She has been teaching for 36 years across primary, secondary, boarding and Indigenous colleges. Tess has an avid interest in improving outcomes for Indigenous students and supporting and employing staff who have a passion to make a difference. Tess is studying a Bachelor of Australian Indigenous Studies through Murdoch University and is supported in her work by her husband Lance.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, Queensland
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Tess is particularly proud of the achievements of the XCC Stage 1 & 2 students as a culture of High School completion is now a part of Tiwi life. She is also proud of the GOO (Growing Our Own) teacher education program that operates out of XCC, in conjunction with Charles Darwin University and the Catholic Education Office. Across MCPS and XCC there are 8 Assistant Teachers who are completing their Batchelor of Education through this program.  Tess is also excited by the partnerships that have been forged in the last three years with the Cathy Freeman Foundation, the Smith Family, the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Academy and Menzie's Health.

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

The main challenge Tess sees for schools on the Tiwi Islands, is encouraging students to attend school regularly. With the assistance of the RSAS, SEAM teams and the Cathy Freeman Foundation MCPS and XCC are making head roads in this area and hope to see more students graduating school and securing employment.

   

Ltyentye Apurte Catholic School Santa Teresa, via Alice Springs

Br Daniel Hollamby fms

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Santa Teresa is in the centre of Australia 80 km south east of Alice Springs and I 600 km from Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory.
What is the nature of your College

LACS in an Indigenous Catholic Community School administered by the Marist Brothers on behalf of Catholic Education Northern territory (CENT) and in partnership with the Arrernte people of Santa Teresa. It is a P 11 school)

How many students 132
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I commenced as Principal in 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Saint Joseph's Parish School in Murgon (Qld)
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

This is a fully Indigenous school in a remote community and I am proud that the Arrernte language and culture have a priority in the school, and that culture is still very strong in the community. (This is essential if Indigenous students are to succeed).
I am also proud that we have more Indigenous staff than non-Indigenous staff in the school working to support the students with their learning.

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

Our main challenge is to achieve a balance between maintaining strong language and culture and working within the system and government requirements with regard to curriculum etc.
A second challenge is remoteness and the consequent lack of services eg specialist educational and medical services, and internet etc

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

I believe the greatest issue confronting secondary colleges generally is social media there is a decline in the quality of interpersonal relationships among young people (constant texting, emailing etc and less speaking face to face). There appears to be a loss of the understanding of privacy and a lack of sensitivity towards others.
There is too much focus on the individual and not enough on the community. This is contrary to the Gospel and perhaps the greatest challenge is to educate young people who have a sense of connection to others and a commitment to improving the well-being of the less fortunate; a need to act globally for the good of all, and not only for one's personal success.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs

Br Matthew Green

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Alice Springs
What is the nature of your College

Comprehensive, Co-education, T-12 (3 campuses)

How many students 800
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

At OLSH we have a long tradition and are well know in the local community for our pastoral care of students.

More recently we have focused on developing professional learning communities with an emphasis on engaging and creative learning.

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

Alice Springs is a very transient community which poses challenges in developing and maintaining school culture.

It is also a challenge attracting staff to live in Alice Springs.

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

Catholic identity of students, parents/families, and staff.

St John's Darwin

Lindsay Luck

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 10-54 Salonika Street, The Gardens NT
What is the nature of your College

A Co-Ed day and boarding (domestic and international) college administered by the Catholic Education Office

How many students 300
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College Semester Two 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Palmerston NT.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Our College has staff and students from a very diverse range of backgrounds. 

There is generous welcome and acceptance of all people.

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

Staff turnover and access to professional learning

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

parity of funding, the constant change in curriculum.

St Joseph's Katherine

 

Denis Graham

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Katherine, 312 km south of Darwin at the junction of the Stuart and Victoria Highways..
What is the nature of your College Coeducational College with an Early Learning Centre, Primary and Secondary programs. Year 12 commenced for the first time in 2014. The College opened in 1987 and the foundation principal was a Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and the Parish Priest was a Salesian.
How many students We currently have a total of approximately 300 students. It is a highly transient community with one third of our students leaving each year. At present, there are 75 indigenous students and 54 students from the RAAF.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Director of Teaching and Learning at Sacred Heart Kyneton, Victoria.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

1.We have a very dedicated staff who strive to deliver a quality and very innovative curriculum in a complex environment.

2. Our students are so friendly and welcoming and adjust well to change.

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

Geographic isolation and the associated networking opportunities for staff who are very keen to establish links with innovative schools across both Australia and  internationally .

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

1.Ensuring that gospel values and justice remain the prime focus of our schools as we meet the challenges of our materialistic contemporary Australia.

2.  Federal funding and the disappointment that followed  the hopes raised in the Gonski Report for addressing education inequities.

O'Loughlin Catholic College

 

James Jolley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory In Darwin, the suburb of Karama.
What is the nature of your College Secondary Years 7-12, Catholic, Co-ed
How many students 590
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Senior Education Advisor for the Catholic Education Office in Adelaide, relating to Child Protection
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

It has a wonderful spirit of pastoral care for the students and families and is very welcoming to people who come to the school or are part of the school.

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

We have a waiting list for our middle secondary and so we are challenged to cater for all who would like to enrol.

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

 

MacKillop Catholic College, NT 

Lauretta Graham

In what year where you appointed as a Director of CaSPA:
2013
Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory:
Palmerston Northern Territory
What is the nature of your College [e.g. single sex, 6-12, Order owned &c]:
Yrs 7 - 11 growing to yr 12 in 2015
How many students:
335
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:
Oct 2011 (Inaugral School year 2012)
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:
Principal St Andrews Catholic College Redlynch
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:

  • Our College is a new Coeducation Catholic College in the city of Palmerston NT and in a very short time has gained the confidence of the community.
  • We are proud of our school, the community and the people of the wider Palmerston and rural areas who have so generously helped us develop over the past 2.5 years.

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

  • Finding teachers for specialty areas and teachers with qualifications to teach Religious Education.
  • Parents being able to afford fees.

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

  • The increasing number of students who have little experience of church.
  • Having sufficient funding to provide good quality education.

 

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