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Tasmania Member Profiles

Dominic College, Hobart - Beth Gilligan

St Aloysius Catholic College, Kingston Beach - Joseph Sandric

St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport - Frank Pisano

St Patrick's College Launceston - Tony Daley

Guilford Young College, Glenorchy - Craig Deayton

St Mary's College, Hobart - Helen Spencer

Star of the Sea Catholic College, Georege Town - Richard Chapman

Mackillop Catholic College, MORNINGTON - Eamonn Pollard

St Virgils - Damian Messer

Marist Burnie - Adrian Drane

Sacred Heart - Elizabeth McDougall

Dominic College, Hobart

Beth Gilligan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Dominic College is located 10 kms from the CBD of Hobart in its northern suburbs
What is the nature of your College K-10 Coeducational Independent Catholic College owned by the Salesians of Don Bosco
How many students 940 students
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Education Consultant
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

I love seeing students set goals for themselves and then work hard to achieve their goals. Seeing students move from a C grade to an A grade over time because of their diligence and focus is a great satisfaction.

Creating opportunities for students to experience exiting learning opportunities brings great satisfaction. Seeing them apply new knowledge and skills and realise they have to learn to think and analyse.

I am a teaching Principal so I love teaching students motivating them, challenging them and opening new areas of thinking and enquiry.

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

The development of Dominic College as an authentic K-10 school with specialist resources being utilised to benefit all students with Creative Arts, HPE and now Science being developed as K-10 teaching and learning continuums.

The amazing quality of our students and their leadership especially older students to younger students. Within our culture at Dominic College, the student student relationship is extremely positive and strong the bonds of friendship across the years are deep and they last a life-time.

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

The main challenges for us are to ensure that all of our students have strong foundational academic skills to enable them to be well equipped for the College years of Years 11 and 12. They need solid higher order thinking skills by the time they are transitioning into Year 11.

We also all need to ensure that our students are aspirational in their thinking about their lives and personal and career pathways. Collectively we should be aiming to increase the numbers of students accessing university and seeing tertiary studies as a natural extension of their life journey.

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

We need to look at the patterns of studies we want students to engage with nationally in terms of the curriculum. We should discuss what areas are compulsory areas of study and what are electives.  The trend to narrow rather than widen learning areas for students is an issue.

We need to explore the pedagogies we use with secondary students and redefine and re-configure the ways students can learn based on the vast research we now can access to nationally and internationally.

St Aloysius Catholic College, Kingston Beach

Joseph Sandric

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 17km south of Hobart
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-ed; Kinder to Grade 10
How many students 900 students
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I was appointed as Co-Principal of the College in 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

Working with Brendan Gill as Co Principal and collaborating with him for great outcomes for the college.

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

Getting the job as Co Principals and providing a "new" methodology for leadership at a school that might be useful for other applicants and selection bodies for principal jobs to consider.

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

retaining students at transition points from Grade 6 to 7 and Grades 10 to 11.

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

1) pressures on leaders that take them beyond being leaders in learning and

2) to look beyond these pressures to new educational opportunities that increase student outcomes.

St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport

Frank Pisano

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Brendan-Shaw College is located in the regional city of Devonport on the North-West coast of the state. It is approximately 3.5 Hours by road to Hobart and an hour by road to Launceston on the North coast.
What is the nature of your College St Brendan-Shaw College is an independent Catholic coeducational secondary school (7-12).
lt is an amalgamation of a Christian Brothers'
Boys College (St Brendan's College) and a Sisters of St Joseph's Girls school (Shaw College).
How many students Just under 700 students
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I was appointed as Principal of the College in 2011, having acted in the role for 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Prior to taking the appointment I was the Deputy Principal- Pastoral Care.
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

The most satisfying aspect of the role is to be able to set policy direction that has student learning and wellbeing as key priorities.

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

I am particularly proud of the high level of pastoral care that we provide using schoolwide positive behaviour support.

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

The main challenges are that, the region is depressed economically and fluctuating enrolments makes long term forecasting challenging. Compounding this is that the Tasmanian Government is introducing changes to the secondary school sector, extending local high schools to year 11 and 12, thus impacting on a major point of difference.

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

The two issues that I see confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally is having the mission of Catholic schools in supporting the church "to make disciples for Christ" complicated with the twin challenges of an increasing emphasis on the secular in society and the history of abuse that has tarnished the Church.

Secondly, there is the pressure of trying to authentically have an 'option for the poor' in challenging financial times and funding uncertainty.

Guilford Young College, Glenorchy

Craig Deayton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Guilford Young College is set on two campuses.  The Glenorchy campus is located at 76 Bowden Street, Glenorchy in the northern suburbs of Hobart.  The Hobart campus is situated at 94 Barrack Street, Hobart on the fringe of Hobart's central business district.
What is the nature of your College Guilford Young College is a Catholic Co-educational senior secondary college (Years 11 and 12)
How many students 930
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, Sacred Heart College; First Dean of GYC
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

Working with people - principally students

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I've only just started but its pastoral care, its work with disadvantaged students and its excellent academic record
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

 

  • Mission and Identity in an environment of declining connection to faith and practice.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Accessibility for the poor, genuine Catholic identity

St Mary's College, Hobart

Helen Spencer

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Hobart CBD
What is the nature of your College K to 2 Co-ed
3-12 Girls
How many students 910
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
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

St Mary's is a fantastic balance of 150 years of tradition and an innovative appraoch to excellence in education

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


It's an onging challenge to help students be critical thinkers who can be counter cultural when the Gosepel imperative invites them to be so

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

On a national level ensuring ongoing funding on an equitable basis in vital to Catholic Secondary Colleges

Star of the Sea Catholic College

Richard Chapman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory George Town is about 250km north of Hobart, about a 3 hour drive when there are no roadworks.
What is the nature of your College Star of the Sea Catholic College is systemic, co-ed, K-10.
How many students 151
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care) at St Brendan-Shaw College in Devonport, Tasmania.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The strong community and the positive attitude of the staff.

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


We are the only Catholic school within about 40 minutes. The challenges can be perceptions of the school by those who have never stepped foot through the door (!) but also being able to provide quality secondary education to a small cohort.

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

Having a good understanding of what it means to be a Catholic school in 2016 and living out the Catholic nature of the school without becoming "elitist" or seemingly out-of-reach for families..

Mackillop Catholic College, MORNINGTON

Eamonn Pollard

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Across the river on the Eastern Shore, something like 15 minutes or less from Hobart
What is the nature of your College 7 - 10 Co-Ed
How many students 545
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal, Sacred Heart College, New Town
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

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

 

  • There is always the challenge of doing our best to ensure that knowledge, skills and values are not only taught, but learned. 
  • Equally, there is the challenge that the religious life of the College, masses, RE, retreats, etc are not only ticked off, but are having an impact and meeting with the humanity of our students and staff.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The increasing secularisation of Australia, which sometimes brings with it a disregard and disrespect of a religious perspective, perhaps in particular a Christian perspective.
  • Having a proportion of staff who are practising Catholic and comfortable in living their faith out in a school setting.

St Virgils, Hobart

 

Damian Messer

 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 17Kms from Hobart along the Derwent River
What is the nature of your College EREA - Boys only
How many students 765
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
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

The focus on the education of Boys.

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

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 Marist College, Burnie

Adrian Drane

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Burnie
What is the nature of your College Years 7-12 Coeducational College
How many students 870
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal Notre Dame College, Shepparton
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Marist Regional College continues to be a shining example of a College that has the pursuit of personal excellence.

The College enjoys an exceptional reputation within the community due to the excellent results it achieves in all fields of endeavor.

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


Being a Catholic Community in, and for this time and this place.

The area does not have a statistically high population of Catholics, yet the College enjoys an extremely strong enrollment. The community seeks and engages with the Catholic ethos of the College.

The challenge is to turn this invitational approach into a deep commitment to personal faith for the entire community.

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

To maintain and build on our identity as faith community while continuing to provide and excellent catholic education to all who seek the values.

 

Sacred Heart College, Hobart

Elizabeth McDougall

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Located in capital city
What is the nature of your College K-10 Co-educational
How many students 940 students (470 primary/470 secondary)
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Systemic primary school
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Building positive relationships with students and staff
 

Building a 'can do/ have a go' culture (participation and risk-taking)

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

Our welcome to students and their families who come from all cultures and backgrounds
 

The educational offerings at the College the range gives scope for students to experience success

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


Encouraging students to engage with Church and out of this build a relationship with Jesus.
 

Building partnerships with families to ensure all students experience success in their learning.

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

Funding our schools to ensure we can offer the scope of learning required for students in 21st Century
 

Attracting quality staff (and keeping them), providing adequate and current PL to ensure their currency in our classrooms

St Patrick's College Launceston, TAS

Tony Daley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory:
200 km North of Hobart
What is the nature of your College [e.g. single sex, 6-12, Order owned &c]:
Co-ed 7-12, Archdiocesan College, tradition of Three Orders
How many students:
1520
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:
2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:
Head of Curriculum St Hilda's
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:

  • Its long history of Catholic Education
  • The manner in which it provides such a variety of pathways for the students

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

  • Maintaining current funding.
  • The perceived increase on workload "creep" for teachers
  • Respons to the challenges of modern society

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