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QUEENSLAND MEMBER PROFILES

St Brendan's College, Yeppoon - Nick Scully

Chanel College, Gladstone - Susan Bunkum

Downlands College, TOOWOOMBA - Stephen McIllhatton

St Saviour's College, Toowomba - Sharon Collins

St John's, Roma - Donaugh Shirley

St James College, Brisbane - Gerald Crooks

St Joseph's College, Toowoomba - Clem Welch

All Hallows' School, Brisbane - Catherine O'Kane

Shalom College, Bundaberg - Dan McMahon

Mackillop Catholic College, Mount Peter - Luke Reed

Holy Spirit College, Cooktown & Cairns - Erica Prosser

Assumption College, Warwick - Kort Goodman

St Michael's College, MERRIMAC - Michael Nayler

St Mary's Catholic College, Woree - David Harris

St Margaret Marys College, Townsville - Kathleen Park

St Monica's College, CAIRNS - Edna Galvin

Stuartholme School, TOOWONG - Kristen Sharpe

St Columban's College Caboolture - Ann Rebgetz

Good Counsel College, Innisfail - James Roberts

St Andrews Catholic College, Redlynch Valley (Cairns) - Lee MacMaster

St. Johns College, Nambour - Christopher Gold

St Teresa's College - Paul Creevy

Nudgee College - Peter Fullagar

St Stephen's Catholic College, Mareeba - Ida Pinese

Mount St Bernard College - David Finch

Mary McKillop College - Christine Clarke

Carmel College - Brian Eastaughffe

Marymount College - Chris Noonan

St Rita's College - Dale Morrow

Unity College - Rudy Goosem

Mount Alvernia College, QLD - Kerrie Tuite

St Brendan's College, Yeppoon

Nick Scully

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Yeppoon is a regional centre in Central Queensland and is approximately 800km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College EREA All boys Boarding and Day 7-12
How many students 604
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal St Bernards College, Essendon, Vic
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Working with the boys and developing staff

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

A transition class for indigenous boys from remote communities

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

Enrolments

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

Managing costs

Chanel College, Gladstone

Susan Bunkum

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Gladstone is a regional centre in Central Queensland and is approximately 550km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-educational; 7-12
How many students 480
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal/Head of Campus
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Without a doubt, the aspects of the role that give me the greatest satisfaction are:

(a) the fact that I work with young people the key to our future - who are truly inspirational; and

(b) the opportunity to be build community with parents and with staff as well as the opportunity to foster strong relationships between the College, the local parish community and also with the wider regional community.

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

Chanel College is a school which truly 'lives out' its motto to "To live justly".

The call to be a people of hospitality, outreach, and compassion is clearly evident in the daily life of this educational community.

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

(a) the fact that we are a regional school in an area that is heavily dependent on industry. The recent downturn has had a significant impact on many families in our area; and

(b) the imperative that our students have access to the same standard of educational and vocational opportunities as do their city counterparts.

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

(a) in light of increasing secularisation etc. of society, keeping the 'Catholic' in Catholic education is an imperative that creates an on-going dynamic tension for all those who would lead in Catholic schools; and

(b) ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of curriculum design and development, pedagogy, pastoral care practices and that we create cultures which reflect on practice and dare to embrace the challenge to continually evolve our structures and practices in light of evidence-informed research.

Downlands College, TOOWOOMBA

Stephen McIllhatton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Toowoomba Regional City Centre. West of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC), Years 5 12, Independent, Co-educational, Boarding
How many students 760
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Education Consultant
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction
  • Enrolling students and following their journey.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Friendliness
  • Community
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Very highly competitive nature of the Darling Downs education sector.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Decreasing growth percentage and
  • "Authenticity".

St Saviour's College, TOOWOOMBA

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Sharon Collins

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 130km from Brisbane (1.5 hours)
What is the nature of your College  All Girls, Catholic in the Mercy tradition, Systemic - run by the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, 7-12, day students and boarding.
How many students 170
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal: Identity, St Mary's College, Toowoomba
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction
  • Definitely the girls.  They are so full of life and spirit and have an energy that is contagious. 
     
  • Excellent teaching staff, who are dedicated to student success through quality teaching and learning, and nurturing right relationships. 
     
  • Our diversity:  as well as a strong contingent of local families, we enjoy the fruits that come with accepting students from other cultural backgrounds, including Papua New Guinea, and rural and remote Australia.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Having attended the College myself for all my secondary schooling, I am proud of the education I was privy to, and the fact that so many intelligent, upstanding and influential women continue to be borne out of a St Saviour's education.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
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What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The rise of secularism and families opting out of a Catholic education for this reason.
  • A fathomable loss of faith in Australian Catholic Education system after a number of cases presented at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

St John's, Roma

Donaugh Shirley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  Roma is six hours west of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College  Co-ed P-12
How many students 705
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment  Principal of Mary McKillop in Toowoomba
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Behaviour of students and professionalism of staff
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Ability to source staff.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
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St James College, Brisbane

Gerald Crooks

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  St James College is situated on the fringe of the CBD in Brisbane city, adjacent to the inner-city suburb of Spring Hill.
What is the nature of your College  The College is a Co-educational Secondary Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition (EREA), catering for students from Years 7 12.
How many students 430
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment  Principal of McAuley Catholic College, Grafton, NSW.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  We believe St James is a very authentic expression of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.  This expression is lived out through provision, we believe, of a liberating education that provides hope for all, a pastorally-strong approach to inclusivity, a deeply compassionate commitment to justice and solidarity, and a spirituality that while rooted in the Gospel speaks meaningfully and deeply to the diverse religious backgrounds of our students (Catholic, other Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Orthodox and those who do not adhere to any religious denomination)
  • St James College maintains a committed and enriching approach to inclusive education.  Its diverse population comprises students from nearly different cultural backgrounds, many of whom are asylum-seekers and children of refugee families.  In addition, the College has built a strong reputation in the wider community for supporting students who have particular learning needs or differences.
  • St James maintains both university-oriented senior courses as well as a strong Vocational Education program as a registered training organisation.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  The school is flanked by two very high-profile, high tuition fee Catholic Secondary Independent Schools both with long waiting lists.  St James attracts students well outside its local city area, preferring to offer educational options and opportunities to those at the lower end of the socio-economic scale.  This raises issues particularly in respect to financial sustainability and fluctuating enrolment patterns. 
  • Positive and supportive pastoral care procedures are crucial in order to sustain quality relationships within the school community.  These need always to be reviewed and improved upon.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Maintaining a strong and relevant Catholic voice in education in Australia.
  • Ensuring Catholic Education is accessible to all and non-discriminating, particularly in regard to the marginalised and those with little visible means of support.

St Joseph's College, Toowoomba

Clem Welch

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Toowoomba is 125 kms west of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Catholic systemic co-educational
How many students 820
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal in Wagga, NSW
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • respect among the students
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Overload within the curriculum/extra-curricular
  • expectations from Govt. eg. ACARA, NAPLAN, online safety, child protection, WHS
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding equity
  • Church image
  • Time for the ARTS in curriculum

All Hallows' School, Brisbane

Catherine O'Kane

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Brisbane CBD
What is the nature of your College Single sex, girls, Years 5 - 12
How many students 1550
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal - Studies at St Rita's College, Clayfield, Brisbane
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Our School community's commitment to social justice and empowering young women through education;
  • the dedication of our staff to the pastoral care of our girl's and our staff's commitment to providing the most effective teaching practice and support services to enable our girls to gain a holistic education in their time at All Hallows'.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The rapid pace of change in our world and ensuing impact of this change on education and the specific changes in the National and State education agendas;
  • continuing to attract quality staff in both teaching and support roles for both permanent and contract positions - this is particularly challenging in certain subject areas and particular support areas.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • In a rapidly changing world, communicating and living our gospel values and charism in all areas of our School is an ongoing issue;
  • fostering and developing future leaders for our Catholic schools.

Shalom College, Bundaberg

Dan McMahon

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Bundaberg
What is the nature of your College Shalom is a Co-educational Diocesan school catering for students from Yr 7-12
How many students 1330
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of St Joseph's College Toowoomba 2002-2008
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I love the culture that we have created at Shalom.  Excellence is OK in any area. 
  • Students and staff are positive about life and learning at Shalom. 
  • An extract from the ACER formulated National School Improvement Tool completed at Shalom July 2016:
Commendations:
- The Christian ethos of the school community of Shalom College is the driving force behind its purpose, values and focus areas. Shalom College has developed a very strong sense of community based on its Catholic identity and values. The outstanding school facilities are presented in an exemplary manner. The respectful way in which students, staff and parents interact with each other is indicative of an exemplary school culture. The staff, students and parents are united in their pride in the Shalom College community.
- The comprehensive vertical pastoral care structure and program is reported by teachers, students and parents as being highly valued providing a sense of safety, belonging and opportunities for student leadership development 
Productive and supportive partnerships with parents and community are embedded in the school culture.
- The leadership team and staff of the college demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of positive and caring relationships to successful learning, and work to build enduring mutually respectful relationships across the school community.
- The leadership team is clearly committed to improving on current student outcomes.-
The College has used extensive testing to develop a data base which clearly identifies the learning needs of all students. This data has been used to develop a very wide range of programs.  Inclusive differentiated strategies including in class, individual and small groups support program delivery.  The work of the Learning Enhancement Centre is to be highly commended. 
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • To continue to provide the breadth of education opportunity for young people to enable them to access clear and worthwhile pathways into an exciting future. 
  • Schools need to be agile and responsive to needs and opportunities. 
  • In Queensland our schools continue to embed the changes required by the introduction of National Curriculum in the Middle years as well as very new and different approaches to teaching and assessment in the Senior school.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The authentic Catholicity of our schools is at risk of secularization.  The work done at this school and many others through the 'Catholic Identity' project through the Louvain University highlights many of the very real challenges we face as Catholic educators.  Our young people and our families don't necessarily embrace the values that underpin a Catholic school. Many of our staff no longer are grounded in either Catholic identity or theology.  
  • Our schools will need to work very hard in the in-service of our staff to ensure that the values of Catholic Education are truly embedded.  Our students and our parents must be challenged from an authentic and relevant Catholic world view.  This work needs to be done against a backdrop of working within a Church that is often more ham-strung than enabled by the Magisterium.

Mackillop Catholic College, Mount Peter

Luke Reed

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mount Peter is located in Cairns' southern growth corridor.  We are 1800km from Brisbane in tropical Far North Queensland.
What is the nature of your College MacKillop Catholic College is the Cairns Diocese's newest P-12 College (opened January 2016).
How many students While we will grow to 1600 students, we have commenced this year with 88 students in five learning groups from Prep to Year 3.  We are currently preparing our application to commence Secondary offerings in 2018.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015.  This was a period of preparation for the opening of the College January 2016.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment My last Principalship was of Mount St Bernard College, in the Cairns highlands.  Prior to taking up this current role, I spent a short period as Senior Education Officer with the CES Faith and Religious Education Team.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  Excellent committed staff
  • Supportive and trusting parents and families
  • Happy students who are focused learners
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  Meeting the demand for student places in a growing regional city.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Intentionally embedding Catholic Identity in the culture of school communities

Holy Spirit College, Cooktown & Cairns

Erica Prosser

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Cooktown Campus is 2 050 km and the Cairns Campus is 1 700 north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Dual campus, day and boarding college for disengaged young people in yr 7 to 12
How many students 85
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Roebourne District High School, Pilbara, WA
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The young people who are wanting to re-engage with education.
  • The dedicated staff who are willing to step outside the norm in working holistically with the young people in our dynamic and challenging environment.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Remaining true to our Catholic ethos, while providing education in an increasingly secular society.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Offering a uniquely Catholic education to every individual young person.
  • Remaining relevant in our rapidly changing world..

Assumption College, Warwick

Kort Goodman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Warwick is approx  160km south west of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic Co-ed 7-12
How many students 454
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deptuy Principal at St Mary's College Towoomba
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Welcoming and caring community
  • Providing a quality Catholic Education for rural families
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  With decreasing attendance at Chruch and increasing numbers of other denominational Schols, a link with the College through our faith tradition is vital
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Maintaining a commitment to our core values espoused by our founders.

St Michael's College, MERRIMAC

Michael Nayler

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory On the Gold Coast 1 hr south of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12
How many students 950
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 Mary's College, South Burnett.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Dedicated staff
  • Friendly students, staff and parents
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Increasing Indigenous recognition and participation and staffing
  • Funding.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Increasing Indigenous recognition and participation and staffing
  • Funding.

St Mary's Catholic College, Woree

David Harris

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Mary's Catholic College is located 1800kms north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Co-Educational, Year 7- 12, Diocesan College
How many students 875
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal - St Augustine's College Cairns
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • There is immense pride in the College with students immersed in the life of the College which includes academic, spiritual, cultural, service, sporting and performing arts opportunities.
  • The College has a choice of educational pathways to prepare students for either further study or the workforce.
  • The College has very experienced and generous teachers who go the extra mile to assist students in reaching their potential.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The challenges are shared by most Catholic Colleges in ensuring that we cater to the varied needs of learners so that each student can experience success and reach their potential.
  • To create a community where parents and carers enjoy a sense of partnership with the College in the education of their children.
  • To enable each student to know God and experience Gods love.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • One challenge and opportunity is to present the Gospel message in a way that is inviting and meaningful to staff, students and families.
  • To prepare and invite teachers to consider senior leadership roles..

St Margaret Marys College, Townsville

Kathleen Park

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Townsville is 1355kms north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Diocesan Girls' secondary school, 7-12
How many students 750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, St Patricks College, Townsville
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • St Margaret Mary's is known for encouraging Townsville young women to emerge into our community as confident, compassionate and successful women.
  • Our College provides holistic Catholic education in partnership with parents and the Parish ~ the community is supportive and inclusive and responsive to the needs of our students.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Maintaining a fee structure that is affordable for our families and funding are the major challenges, particularly in this regional city.
  • Attracting and keeping highly qualified staff can be difficult for our Diocese, which is perplexing as life in the tropics is great!
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Maintaining the Catholic Identity of our schools in the face of the growing alienation froim traditional Church is an on-going challnge.
  • Competing with the Independent sector for enrolments can also present a challenge.

St Monica's College, CAIRNS

Edna Galvin

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  Cairns is in the far north of Qld and is approximately 2000klm from the state capital..
What is the nature of your College All girls, Yr. 7-12
How many students 635
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal Curriculum St Patrick's Senior College, Mackay
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The excellent and welcoming staff.
  • The outstanding outcomes achieved for the students (young women) of the college
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •   Continue to maintain the very high standards
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Make the Gospel message real for the students in our colleges in a complex and increasingly challenging world

Stuartholme School, TOOWONG

Kristen Sharpe

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  Stuartholme School is located in Toowong, 5 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD.
What is the nature of your College   Stuartholme School is an independent day and boarding secondary girls' school
How many students 700
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of St Monica's College, Cairns.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Stuartholme School is a small inclusive community. Our Social Justice initiatives and our Student Wellbeing are outstanding.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  To empower each student with a personal integrity based on the teaching of Christ, so they may lead in society with compassion and a sense of justice. This is often counter-cultural in contemporary society.
  • Brisbane has a very competitive market of independent schools.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •   Is Catholicism what our parents are looking for? Do parents seek a good education and spiritual development is a secondary "bonus"?
  • Catholic Schools are the most successful expression of the Australian Catholic Church. We evangelise through our teacher role models, our social justice initiatives, our liturgies and our spiritual development of students then they graduate to what?

St Columban's College Caboolture

Ann Rebgetz

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Columban's College is located at Caboolture which is on the north side of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College  Coeducational Secondary College in the Edmund Rice tradition.
  Previously it was a Christian Brothers College in Albion, Brisbane which commenced in 1928 and relocated to Caboolture in 1997 as a Coeducational Catholic Secondary College. It has a great tradition.
How many students 1045
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Co-Principal, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Thamarrurr Catholic School, Wadeye, NT
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  "Spirit, Tradition, Community" represents the ethos of the College.  "Every Student, Every Success" is very much cultivated and recognised by all as the motto and the reality.  The achievements of the College in range of areas display the commitment, determination and innovation of the very progressive, caring staff and community.
  • These include academic and vocational success, sporting excellence, artistic performance, charism pilgrimmage and immersion partnerships.  Our innovative pathways have placed us as a College as the National winner in School Pathways in VET in the National Australian Training Awards 2014 with National Finalist Status in 2012 and 2013.
  • Our State of the art facilities have facilitated wonderful opportunities and outcomes.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  It is a "2 speed economy" in the area and we have students who face financial/family challenges as the employment situation varies.
  • Catholic Secondary Schooling is relatively new to the area with our challenge being in creating our culture to reach out to families.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Creating a modern Catholic identity which inspires and gives hope to students in their own spirituality.
  • Retaining our autonomy and excellence in standards, and equity in provision.  Developing close partnerships with governments at all levels is essential to our progress.

Good Counsel College, Innisfail

James Roberts

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Good Counsel is located on the coast in the township of Innisfail approximately 1600km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic; co-ed Yr 7-12 in the Marist Tradition
How many students 585
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Head of Campus St Peter's College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The sense of family and looking out for each other that is evident in all students and staff
  • The pride that all member of the community have for the school
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Maintaining enrolments in a small and isolated community
  • Attracting quality teachers and staff and providing them with meaningful professional learning that grows them professionally
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • New Evangelisation For the vast majority of our families, we as Catholic Colleges and schools are their only sense of "Church".  Fulfilling the mission of the Church has in many respects fallen to us and we need to engage with what that means.
  • A constantly changing education landscape.we are quite often caught being reactive because of the pace of change not just in schools, but also with technology and society.  Accessing research and networks that shifts our work into being proactive will be vital.

St Andrews Catholic College, Redlynch Valley (Cairns)

Lee MacMaster

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Andrew's Catholic College is located 1800kms north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Co-Educational, Prep to Year 12, Diocesan College
How many students 1670
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal - Director of Teaching and Learning - St Josephs College, Hunters Hill
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • St Andrew's Catholic College is a school with a wonderful heart. The students are very proud of their College and love the opportunity to shine in many different ways - academically; spiritually; culturally; through service opportunities; through sport; and, through their care for our environment.
  • St Andrew's Catholic College has outstanding teachers committed to bringing out the very best in each student. Our teachers love to teach and witness students growing in their knowledge and skills.
  • This is a great place to witness teachers and students in partnership. St Andrews Catholic College
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area We are most fortunate in Cairns to have excellent Catholic schools for parents and students to choose from.
  • Our greatest challenges as Catholic schools are to ensure ongoing high standards of education and equally high standards of pastoral care for our students.
  • At the heart of everything we try to do in our Catholic schools is to improve student outcomes and to lay a strong platform for life beyond secondary education.
  • Our role as Catholic schools is to continually evangelise and espouse the love of God to the young people we teach and interact with each day.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Access to funding opportunities
  • Catholic education in an increasingly secular society
  • Raising education standards to allow our students to be among the best in the world.

St. Johns College, Nambour

Christopher Gold

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory An hour and a half North of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast
What is the nature of your College Archdiocesan Secondary Co-educational College Years 7 - 12
How many students 765
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal at St. Michaels, Carrara
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • We are a school steeped in the Benedictine values of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Order. Our rich traditions, culture and history have shaped our vibrant relationships with the students, parents and wider community.
  • We are highly regarded for our nurturing Pastoral Care Program, our inclusive culture and our community service and the college is renowned for its excellence in academic areas, the Arts and its sustained success in sports.
  • Mostly we pride ourselves on the dynamic, committed and innovative teachers with their excellent subject knowledge and contemporary pedagogy. 
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area Growth in the local Sunshine Coast population has meant more pressure on our school populations. Together, with the move of Year 7 to Secondary, we have experienced a population spurt. There is a need for a new Catholic Secondary College in the region to take the pressure off enrolments. The main issue here is where to locate the new school with lack of land, especially at a reasonable price and that the location will not detrimentally affect nearby Catholic school enrolments
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The main issues revolve around pedagogical changes, National Curriculum and initiatives such as Visible Learning;
  • ...and the changing nature of evangelisation of students and families given the increase in non-baptised students who families are Catholic. This creates new challenges around our Catholic Identity and purpose

St Teresa's College

Paul Creevy

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Noosaville, 140km north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-ed, 7-12
How many students 958
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2006
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Dean of Students, Marist Canberra
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Successfully combined Marist and Carmelite charism
The College is groundbreaking with its development of student learning and management system with constant reporting to parents through portal

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area  Assisting staff to manage constant change while keeping their teaching at a high level
The school has a low SES in an environment that is perceived to be wealthy

Access to Tertiary Education as parents cannot afford to send students to Brisbane.

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

Funding certainty
Maintaining viable staffing levels
Presening the message that we are not  private and high fee schools

Nudgee College

Peter Fullagar

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located in the northern suburbs of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Nudgee is a day and boarding school for boys from year 5 to year 12. We are proudly a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. We have a long history as one of Brisbane's oldest schools. We were founded in 1891.
How many students 1530 boys with 270 boarders
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, St Edmunds Canberra
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

There is a great spirit within the school and the boys are passionate about their school and their mates.

We have an extensive social justice program along with a strong retreat and immersion program.

We are an inclusive community and cater for a wide range of boys from diverse backgrounds.

We have a strong partnership with the AIEF and we currently have over 50 indigenous boys currently studying/ boarding here.

The College has undergone a major capital refurbishment and extension over recent years.

The new boarding facilities are an exciting addition however the new Learning Centre is a transformative building and has helped to focus the boys upon their academic endeavours.

While we are a strong sporting school, the cultural dimension of school life is flourishing.

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

In a local area there are always some challenges around enrolments and school numbers while at the same time developing collegial relationships and partnerships that enhance education for all.

Into the future, the growth of the population in the northern suburbs as well as the housing developments on the outer of Brisbane provide may present some challenges in meeting demands for places.

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

The main challenge is the tension between improving learning and teaching while offering a holistic education experience which focuses upon developing the whole person not just their academic capacities.

Maintaining our Catholic identity in an increasingly secular society and with many families who have less formal connection to the Catholic church presents real challenges for the future.

St Stephen's Catholic College

Ida Pinese

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mareeba
What is the nature of your College Secondary Co-educational
How many students 540
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal, Curriculum, St Stephen's Catholic College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

A strong focus on service in keeping with our namesake, St Stephen. In our short history (10 years) and  the success achieved at both the academic and vocational levels with student outcomes

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

The number of students and their families who are practising Catholics  is a continuing challenge

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

The main issue concerns the challenge to foster our Catholic identity and continue to be counter-cultural in living the Gospel.

Mount St Bernard College

David Finch [2nd from right]

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Herberton, Atherton Tablelands
What is the nature of your College Co-Ed Boarding and Day School 7-12
How many students 220
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal - OLoughlin Catholic College in Darwin
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

A significant number of our boarding students are from the Torres Strait and Cape York area of Queensland - offering a wonderful diversity of cultures.

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

Competing with other Colleges and schools to remain competitive with what we can offer and at the same time not devaluing our uniqueness and cultural history.

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

Remaining faithful to our Catholic heritage and continuing to promote the mission of Jesus and the significance of our own unique history and in our case the Mercy ethos and heritage.

Mary McKillop College

Christine Clarke

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College A Catholic, Girls Secondary College (Years 7-12) 
How many students 500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal - Curriculum
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Strong, diverse and inclusive community committed to compassion and justice.
  • Professional learning community of teachers focused on pedagogical excellence.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The development of innovative and sustainable partnerships between schools and families.
  • The wise synthesis of educational research in the delineation of appropriate curriculum and pedagogical approaches.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Maintenance, growth and definition of our core Catholicity.
  • Development of a bipartisan educational agenda informed by practising educational professionals

Carmel College

Brian Eastaughffe

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory In the bayside suburb of Thornlands in Redland City, South East of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College A Catholic, Co-educational Secondary College (Years 712) within the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
How many students 1125
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Head of Campus
(Middle and Senior Years)
Southern Cross College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The welcoming culture that permeates all sections of our College community.

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

Catering for the enrolment application demands.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Sustaining authentic Catholic identity.
  • Keeping a focus on learning and teaching.

Marymount College

Chris Noonan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory An hour south of Brisbane at Burleigh Waters
What is the nature of your College Parish Coeducational High School administered by BCE
How many students 1230
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Quality, inclusive, holistic, Catholic education with a broad curriculum, a vibrant Arts program and many co-curricula opportunities for Gold Coast students.

Students and staff bring great energy to Marymount and love their school.

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

Fostering healthy post-critical belief amongst staff, students and our families.

To be authentically Catholic rather than a Christian values school.

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

Balancing the demands of accountability and capacity building on systems, leadership and teachers.

Keeping Catholic education affordable and accessible to families.

St Rita's College

Dale Morrow

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Brisbane
What is the nature of your College single sex, girls, 8-12 soon to be 7-12
How many students 840 soon to be 1040 in 2015
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal - Studies
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The teaching staff- willingness to continue to improve practice in a rapidly changing world

A strong community committed to justice

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

Teacher improvement- finding time to develop our teachers in the latest educational practice

Keeping up with the changing National and State agendas.

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

Keeping the Catholic ethos strong in our schools.

Making sure we are clear about our gospel values and providing opportunity for students to experience their faith.

 

Unity College

Rudy Goosem

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Caloundra
What is the nature of your College Ecumenical, Co-educational, Prep to Year 12
How many students 1300
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2005
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Clairvaux MacKillop College in Brisbane
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Unity College is well resourced and designed in such a way as to maximize the educational opportunities for the young people in our care.

We are a welcoming College which aims to provide an educational experience which will allow students to strive for excellence in all facets of the curriculum, academic, cultural, sporting and spiritual.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area The main challenge is the tremendous growth in Caloundra which is being fast tracked by the State Government
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally The main issue is the secularisation of the community and the decline in Church attendance and affiliation.

Mount Alvernia College, QLD

Kerrie Tuite

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

2011

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

In Capital City

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

Order owned, single sex, girls college

How many students:

800

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

2009

What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:

Principal of St James College, Brisbane

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

  • The Franciscan spirituality of the community.
  • This drives our curriculum , pastoral care, mission and outreach.
  • We are an inclusive community.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area:
Keeping up with the demands for enrolments especially for young women with disabilities

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

  • Ongoing funding for Catholic schools so as our education can be affordable for all Catholic families.
  • Issue of evangelisation in a community not well formed in a catholic tradition
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