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Victorian Member Profiles

St Peter's College, Cranbourne - Chris Black

Notre Dame College, Shepparton - John Cortese

De La Salle College, Malvern - Peter Houlihan

Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale - Mary O'Connor

John Paul College, Frankston - John Visentin

Nazareth College - Sam Cosentino

St Mary's, Nathalia - Matt Carver

St Bernard's College, Essendon - Adam Taylor

St John's Regional College Dandenong - Tim Hogan

Saint Josephs Geelong - Tony Paatsch

Trinity College, Colac - Tim O'Farrell

St Monica's College, Epping - Brian Hanley

Aquinas College, Ringwood - Darren Atkinson

Padua College, Mornington - Anthony Banks

Catholic Ladies' College, Eltham - Stephanie Evans

Our Lady of Sion, Box Hill - Tina Apostolopoulos

Marian College, Myrtleford - Cath Watter

FCJ College, BENALLA - Joanne Rock

St Joseph's College, MILDURA - Marg Blythman

Clonard College Geelong, Herne Hill - Damian McKew

Catholic College Wodonga - Darren Hovey

Sacred Heart College Kyneton - Craig Holmes

MacKillop College, Werribee - Rory Kennedy

Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie - Elizabeth Hanney

Sacred Heart College Geelong - Anna Negro

Emmaus College - Tony Hirst

St Aloysius, North Melbourne - Mary Farah

St Josephs Ferntree Gully - Vin Feeney

Marymede College - Michael Kenny

Caroline Chisolm College - Marco DiCesare

Thomas Carr College - Andrew Watson

Parade College Bundoora - Dr Dennis Moore cfc

Salesian College Chadstone - Robert Brennan

CRC Melton - Mark Sheehan

Simmonds College - Peter Riordan

Loyola College, Watsonia - Joseph Favrin

Marian College, Sunshine - Rita Grima and Raymond Pisani

St Columbas, Essendon VIC - April Honeyman

St Peter's College, Cranbourne

Chris Black

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Cranbourne which is 42 klms from the CBD
What is the nature of your College St Peter's College is a systemic, co-educational multi-campus school for Yr 7-12 students. St Peter's falls under the governance arrangements of the SALE Diocese
How many students 1530
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment n/a
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

In 2016 I was DP Head of East Campus. Fr the first half of 2017 I was Acting Principal at St Peter's College

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

Working with students and assisting them in recognising the potential that lies within. Being part of a team that introduces change that inturn leads to improved learning outcomes for students.

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

1. The development of the East Campus (commenced in 2011) as a facility catering for the 21st century learner and teacher.


2. The pastoral program that has as the central driver our vertical homeroom and house system

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

1. To cater for families in one of the fastest growing communities in Australia.


2. Competing with Government Select schools that have emerged in increasing numbers around our local area.

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

1. The funding issue that is current suggests that there is work to be done at the political level as well as in the public domain regarding the relevancy, importance and significance of the role Catholic education has played, continues to play and will play into the future in this country.


2. To ensure current and future staff understand and embrace the Catholic ethos and particular charism of the college and are able to contribute to this environment when working with our students.

Notre Dame College, Shepparton

John Cortese

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Goulburn Valley (2 hours from Melbourne)
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Co-ed
How many students 1750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment 1997 (in State Govt (DEECD))
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Regional Director (Teaching and Learning) in the Grampians Region DEECD (State Government)

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Seeing students achieve
  • Seeing students mature
  • Seeing wonderful, innovative, engaging teaching occurring
  • Supporting family units grow
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Teacher unity/focus
  •  Student maturity and values and ethics
  • Great facilities
  • Commitment of parents and staff towards student achievement
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Maintaining a competitive edge against other local schools
  • Providing a safe and engaging environment that has families seeking enrolment
  • Financially being able to provide the best resources to staff and students to deliver great education
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • possible fallout from Royal Commission
  •  not receiving adequate funding from government
  •  lack of quality prospective teachers in the future as teaching is NOT seen to be  a career of choice and workload too hard

De La Salle College, Malvern

Peter Houlihan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory South East of Melbourne about 10 Km from CBD
What is the nature of your College Order-run school, all boys, Year 4 - 12, owned and operated by the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers
How many students 1135
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Principal - Learning at Marcellin College in Bulleen

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Seeing ideas, innovations, improvements &c come to fruition
  • seeing young men succeed in so many areas and take their place in the school community and beyond with a sense of belonging, accomplishment and achievement
  • building a team of leaders and seeing them committed and working toward a common goal, shared vision for our school and its students
  • seeing so many members of the community working for and believing as one in the Lasallian charism
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
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Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale

Mary O'Connor

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Star of the sea College is in Brighton , Victoria
What is the nature of your College Star of the Sea is a Catholic Independent Girls' College,  Year 7-12.
It was founded by the Presentation sisters in 1883 and since 2014 has been part of a new PJP, Kildare Ministries, which has schools  with Brigidine or Presentation spirituality.
How many students 1140
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at at Loreto Toorak for 11 years

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • The community of parents, staff and students have been very welcoming.  Otherwise, it's only been 3 weeks!
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The College has a significant focus on social justice activities, living the school motto, "Deeds not words"(Facta non Verba")
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 official response to the Royal Commission and the impact this may have on future enrolments as people lose trust in the institutional Church.

John Paul College, Frankston

John Visentin

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory John Paul College is in the Southern Region in Frankston North about 50 km from the CBD
What is the nature of your College John Paul College is a 7-12 coeducational college.  It is inspired by the charisms of its two founding orders the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus and the Marianist order.
How many students 850
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at Salesian College, Chadstone

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • The same as in my role as teacher: seeing young people grow, develop and learn.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The wonderful commitment to social justice that is prevalent at John Paul College and the powerful connection to the community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Continuing to attract enrolments with increasing competition from independent and government schools in our region.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Increasing focus on narrow measures of effectiveness of school and individual school performance such as NAPLAN, VCE data and PISA.
  • Ensuring that we remain faithful to our Catholic identity in a climate of uncertainty and distrust in the institutional church.

Nazareth College, Noble Park

 

Sam Cosentino

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Nazareth College is in the Southern Eastern Region in Noble Park North about 20 km from the CBD
What is the nature of your College The College is a Co-educational Year 7 12 school.
How many students 648
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to becoming Principal of Nazareth College, I was Deputy Principal Head of Tyabb Campus at Padua College.

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Working with people - students, staff and parents.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I am proud of the student pride in their school and the way they interact within their community. 
  • Also, I am proud of the manner in which staff members have worked hard to instigate improvements over the past few years.  It finally paid off with excellent results.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The ageing population and limited number of students in the surrounding areas.  So we have to become 'the school of choice' and inform the surrounding communities of all the fantastic programs that Nazareth offers. 
  • In a nutshell, we have to market ourselves and become the school of choice.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Nationally, the reputation of the Catholic church is under scrutiny and all facets including secondary schools fall under that umbrella.  This is not a bad thing, as we are held accountable and are transparent.
  • Secondly, churching the unchurched is something that secondary schools are good at.  Catholic secondary schools are blessed to be working in conjunction with Parishes and families in providing a rich and varied religious experience.

  • Student involvement in social justice issues and their ability to support those in need are strong points and help in their religious formation.

St Bernard's College, Essendon

Adam Taylor

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Bernard's College is situated in Essendon West, 12km by road north west of the Melbourne GPO
What is the nature of your College St Bernard's College is a Year 7-12 congregational school conducted by Edmund Rice Education Australia
How many students 1450
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to taking up the appointment as Principal of St Bernard's, I was the Principal of Holy Cross College, Ryde (2009-2012)

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • St Bernard's is a comprehensive boys' College that enjoys a strong reputation in the local community and produces excellent results in VCE average scores.
  • The College has a rural campus on the Great Ocean Road near Lorne that caters for a Year 9 away-from-home program.
  • The College has a demonstrable strong commitment to social justice and to the development of the whole person, consistent with the Edmund Rice charism, the modern expression of which is found in the EREA Touchstones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, and Justice & Solidarity.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The Essendon area is serviced by two quality Catholic all girls schools that cater for cc. 1850 students. The same community is serviced by just one all boys school, St Bernard's, at 1450 students. The community desire for Catholic school places in an all boys setting exceeds current capacity to deliver.
  • There exists in this community the genuine 'risk' of losing families from Catholic education, families who have supported Catholic primary school education for seven years.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • One issue is forging meanful links between school and parish.
  • A related issue is helping students move from a single 'faith option' for many - that is, moving from belief to unbelief - to a situation where they have CHOICE: moving from naive belief to an integrated belief that stands up to the challenges of a modern secular society.
  • The key, I believe, to guiding and forming students in this regard lies in better teacher formation.

Trinity College, Colac

Tim O'Farrell

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Colac is located approximately two hours to the south west of Melbourne.
What is the nature of your College We are a Co-educational day College catering for students in Yr 7-12. Our vision is that Trinity College will be a vibrant learning community where our students are inspired to reach their potential in a happy and supportive environment
How many students 750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal, Monivae College, Hamilton, Vic

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Very proud of our students and staff and the connections that we make with our families.
  • The implementation of our Master Plan over the past ten years has seen the construction of contemporary learning spaces which enable 21st century learning opportunities for our students.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Ensuring that the learning that we provide is engaging and provides authentic witness to our mission in Catholic education.

 

  • Ensuring affordable education and communication of mechanisms of support for our families who are affected by the challenges of the dairy industry and other agricultural sector industries.
  • Accessing relevant professional learning opportunities for our staff in a rural community.
  • Accessing adequate provision of bandwidth to allow our students to be provided with similar digital infusion into their learning as students in metropolitan areas..
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • One of our main challenges is to retain our Catholic Identity now and into the future.
  • The ever expanding list of compliance and regulatory requirements that take up vast amounts of time and energy within our Colleges. A number of which do not necessarily lead to improved learning outcomes for our students and run the risk of minimising our autonomy within and as an education system.

St Monica's College, Epping

Brian Hanley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Monica's College, Epping is situated in the northern suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne.  The College also has a rural campus, Ostia, at Strath Creek in Central Victoria.
What is the nature of your College We are a Catholic, regional coeducational College (Years 7 12) located on two metropolitan campus in Epping and a rural campus in Strath Creek.
How many students 1930
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 1991
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

I was Deputy Principal of Parade College (CBC), Bundoora.

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

We are proud of our curriculum offering diversity and breadth and our Wellbeing structures.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • We are located in an area where new housing developments are occurring and we need to meet the present and future demand. 
  • We are also concerned that as many of our more established regional parishes are on a lower socio-economic level, that we ensure all families who seek to enrol at the College can have access to the College.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Adequate and just Government funding is a major issue for Catholic Education.

Aquinas College, Ringwood

 

Darren Atkinson

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Ringwood - 23km east of CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-ed 7-12 Regional College of Melbourne Archdiocese
How many students 1680
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of St Joseph's College, Mildura, a Catholic Co-educational College

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

1. We have a very strong sense of belonging and students are proud to be members of the Aquinas community.

2. A focus on learning that is reflected in the design of "state of the art" visible learning spaces.

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

1. Very high demand for places.

2. Keeping Catholic education affordable for our families.

3. Challenging our students to aspire and chase their dreams.

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

1. Catholic identity and the relevance of the Church in the lives of our students (and their families).

2. A lack of funding certainty.

Padua College, Mornington

Anthony Banks

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory A 1 - 1 ½ hour drive south of Melbourne. The College provides education to the children of families residing from Mt Eliza, across to Western Port and south to Portsea
What is the nature of your College Padua College is a Catholic, co-educational secondary college situated on the Mornington Peninsula,
How many students 2400
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 Joseph's College, Mildura, a Catholic Co-educational College

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The sense of pride that the students have in being a member of the Padua College Communtity
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Continuing to challenge our students to take up the journey of personal faith and to see the connections between the "good works" that we as a community to in terms of social justice and the good news of the Gospel
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Restoring the faith and trust of our society in the Catholic Church as an institution  and continuing to promote Catholic Education as viable, holistic option for education.

Catholic Ladies' College, Eltham

Stephanie Evans

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory The school is approximately 20 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District.
What is the nature of your College Congregational school, under the care of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and in the tradition of Sisters of Charity. All girls, Years 7 to 12.
How many students 927
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at CLC

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Our College is a learning community whose members work in partnership to provide a holistic approach to the education of our students.
  • Our mission and charism is a lived reality for all in our community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Increased secularisation is a challenge for our Catholic schools and a changing demographic in terms of enrolment, with increasing interest in attending the schools from non-Catholic families
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Our Catholic schools are challenged to ensure that they are authentically Catholic in identity, are centres for the new evangelisation, have high levels of Catholic literacy and a community committed to Christ's mission.

Our Lady of Sion, Box Hill

Tina Apostolopoulos

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Our Lady of Sion College is governed by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion Ltd and maintains a strong commitment to the charism and educational mission of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.
How many students 934
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, Oakleigh

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Our Lady of Sion College is very proud to be a school that seeks truth through learning in a community of caring relationships - a community where each student is valued and nurtured, encouraged and supported through the personal relationships we foster.
  • Biblical values of compassion, justice, reconciliation, peace and love are the guiding principles that underpin all that we do.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Strong demand for places in a highly competitive area
     
  • Ensuring that we keep up to date with the challenges of mental health issues facing the young people and supporting our students to develop greater resilience
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Government funding to ensure fairness and equity
     
  • Ensuring that Catholic schools are seen as meeting the holistic needs of young people and not only serving to prepare them for university

Marian College, Myrtleford

Cath Watter

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 200km north east of Melbourne 
What is the nature of your College Systemic  co-ed 7-12
How many students 180
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Senior Education Officer CEO Sandhurst: Secondary Learning and Teaching

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  Absolute commitment to improving student outcomes by engagaing in Inquiry Mindset Project
  • Commitment to continuring to provide secondary Catholic educaton for our local community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  Provision of breadth of learning opportunities given the size of the student population
  • Access and equity for students in regional areas, particularly given the current data that suggests significant disadvantage
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Continuing to meet the learning needs of students in an every changing educational landscape
  • Grappling with whati it means to be a Carholic School in todays's world

FCJ College, BENALLA

Joanne Rock

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory FCJ College is located in the rural town of Benalla, approximately 200km north east of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College FCJ College is a Catholic Co-educational secondary College, owned by the FCJ sisters.
How many students 360
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to becoming Princiapl at FCJ College, I worked for 7 years at St Francis Xavier College Beaconsfield, as Deputy Principal Head of Campus for 6 years, and then as Deputy Principal Staff.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I am proud of the 110 year history of quality Catholic Education that has been provided to so many families in Benalla and the surrounding areas, and that we are educating the 3rd or 4th generation of young people in some families..
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • A big challenge for us is to keep our students until the end of Year 12. Many families have a tradition of sending their children to our College until the end of year 10, then off to Boarding school in Melbourne for VCE. We would prefer they stayed in our community for the whole 6 years of Secondary Education as they lose that connectedness to the school and the broader community by having those last 2 years in a new school environment.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The impact of the Royal Commission is being felt by some school communities where the abuse took place historically, and much more support needs to be given to those Principals and school communities.
  • Teaching the relevance of Church in the present context to young people. They have a great passion for social justice and will engage extremely positively with College liturgies, Masses and retreats, but getting them to commit to their Parish church is a real challenge as they feel it does not engage or understand them.

St Joseph's College, MILDURA

Marg Blythman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mildura is a regional city in northwestern Victoria, Australia It is located in the Sunraysia region, and is on the banks of the Murray River. It is 550 kms from Melbourne. Our College is in the centre of town.
What is the nature of your College Yr. 7 -12 school
How many students 935
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at St Francis Xavier College, Melbourne.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • As the new Principal of St Joseph's College, Mildura I am honoured to be part of the Catherine McAuley and Mercy tradition. 
  • I am delighted to be involved with a community which has provided wonderful educational opportunities for young people for over a century. St Joseph's is a place where strong connections are made between the home and school and where all staff members are committed to developing the whole child.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Creating the conditions in which every student flourishes. I want our College to be the best learning community it can be for everyone.
  • Implementing and sustaining the context where every student is challenged to do and be the best possible.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Ensuring Catholicity is reflected in everything we do in our Colleges - from the curriculum, the social justice activities, the prayer and liturgical life of the school and in the relationships within the College community.
  • Sustaining a faith filled centre where students put forth their best effort to learn, where parents are welcome partners in the education of their children and where staff come to work with a sense of anticipation and leave at the end of the day with a feeling of satisfaction

Clonard College Geelong, Herne Hill

Damian McKew

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Located in Geelong which is 75km southwest of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Girls Yr. 7 -12 school
How many students 856
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to this appointment I was Principal of Trinity College Colac.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • We have a diverse range of students coming from a wide SES background. The students have a great affinity with the school and wear the uniform proudly. We have a Brigidine tradition that ask our students to be socially conscience and to take practical actions that make a difference to the marginalised. I am very proud of the many students who post Clonard are doing wonderful things for others in the community.
  • In recent years we have had the opportunity to embark on some significant redevelopments including the acquisition of 1.5 hectares of land immediately adjoining the College. This now gives our students some wonderful facilities and opportunities to be their best.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The growth corridor existing between Geelong and Werribee indicates that demand for a place at the College will far outstrip available places in coming years. We are fortunate in Geelong that there has been exceptional demand across the four secondary Catholic schools and whilst this gives us long term certainty it will be  extremely challenging keeping up with the population increases locally.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Like most Principal's, I am concerned about how we maintain funding support both State and Federally. It is crucial to ensure that each elected Government are aware of the vital role that Catholic education plays in educating young people.
  • The reasons for parents electing to send their children to Catholic schools have changed significantly over the last twenty years. We have the responsibility to ensure the fundamental message of our Faith tradition remains at the forefront of what we do as Catholic educators and Catholic schools.

St John's Regional College Dandenong

Tim Hogan

St John's Regional College is a large Catholic co-educational secondary school located in Dandenong in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

The College has around 900 students

St John's Regional College draws its students from the regional (priority) parishes of the Dandenong/Casey regions:

  • St Mary's, Dandenong;
  • Holy Family, Doveton;
  • St Paul Apostle, Endeavour Hills;
  • St Kevin's, Hampton Park;
  • St Anthony's, Noble Park
  • and the additional priority parishes of Resurrection Parish Keysborough and St Gerard's Dandenong North.

I commenced as Principal of St. John's Regional College in January 2017. Previously I had been Principal - St Peter's College Cranbourne


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

  • Working with young people to help them achieve their aspirations and goals.
  • Building the capacity of a team of committed and passionate staff as they establish a community of learners with young people at their heart.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:
The multicultural nature of our school where all are welcome and all have a strong sense of belonging.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area: 

  • Competition from specialist and select entry schools in our region.
  • A transient population, which can provide challenges in building community.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary College nationally"
Being true to our fundamental purpose of evangelisation in a secular world.

Catholic College Wodonga

Darren Hovey

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Located in North East Victoria on the border with NSW
What is the nature of your College We are a co-educational Yr 7 -12 school 
How many students 1100
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Previous to that I was the DP Learning and Teaching at Galen Catholic College. Before that I was a DP Pastoral Wellbeing and Operations at Marian College in Ararat.

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

Commitment from our staff to work in teams across all year levels and

The students pride in being members of our CCW community.

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

Population mapping predicts that there will be an extra 300 secondary aged students looking for Catholic secondary education in the next 10 years. We are currently developing a strategy for how we will cater for this demand.

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

Federal and State Funding will always be a concern for a our schools.

The second challenge which we are looking at here as a Leadership Team is how we we make the Jesus story be lived in the lives of our students and staff, so that they fully understand that as a Catholic school we bring Jesus to life in all we do.

Sacred Heart College Kyneton

 

Craig Holmes

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 85km North-west
What is the nature of your College Co-educational College educating students from Year 7- 12
Mercy Charism
How many students 840
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal CRC Sydenham

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

The College is committed to providing a vibrant learning experience for students, continuing with our camps and retreat programs, our extremely diverse and comprehensive senior pathways of VCE, VET and VCAL, and our digital technologies to facilitate learning in the 21st Century.

The College continues to be extremely appreciative of our parents and students who are our community. We are first and foremost a place of learning, where quality teaching is our professional pursuit. We are a Catholic school in the Mercy tradition which offers great strength to our educational endeavour.

The College enjoys a rich history and a special place in the history of the Kyneton district.

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

Continuing to attract Catholic enrolments in an area that is geographically between the Melbourne metropolitan boundary and that of the City of Bendigo.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally...: Maintaining our Catholic identity and remaining affordable to our families in an ever increasingly competitive educational climate.

MacKillop College, Werribee

Rory Kennedy

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 25km, south west of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Catholic Co-educational Yrs 7-12
Josephite Charism
How many students 1600
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 1996
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at this College

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

Our Josephite Charism


Facilities and Learning Programs

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

Ensuring every family of a Catholic student at Primary School selects MacKillop for their sons/daughters education.

   

Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie

Elizabeth Hanney

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Aberfeldie - 10Km from the CBD
What is the nature of your College Yr 7-12 Girls Diocesan College
How many students 794
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

Staff-student relationships


There is a deep level of mutual respect and our girls feel known, supported and connected thanks to the warmth and professionalism of all staff - teaching and support.


Ave Maria students love their school:

  • they are proud to belong to the community,
  • proud of our facilities,
  • proud of our reputation

and this shows in how they speak of the college and how they conduct themselves and wear their uniform.

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

High demand for places
Strong competition from independent schools in the area

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

Enhancing Catholic identity and faith encounter for young people and staff

Sacred Heart College Geelong

Anna Negro

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Newtown, Geelong
What is the nature of your College All girls. In the Mercy tradition Catholic Secondary College Year 7-12.
How many students 1382
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Principal at Clonard College, Geelong West.

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

Sacred Heart College is a place where minds are inspired, characters are formed and the traditions and values of the past are the foundation of the future.

It is a place where generations of young women have been taught that success is more than academic results and high profiles but should be measured by the contribution we each make to society.

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

Ensuring all seeking a Catholic Education are able to obtain enrolment in a Geelong Catholic Secondary School of choice.

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

The greatest challenge in girls education is to further explore the significance of relational and the connections between learning and positive social interactions with learners and teachers.

This includes Social Development and Student Empowerment.

Emmaus College

Tony Hirst

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 20 km east of the Melbourne CBD
What is the nature of your College Year 7-12 two campus (Vermont South and Burwood) Catholic Regional College
How many students 1265
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Principal, Emmaus College

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

1. The quality of the relationship within the school community.

2. The continual improvement to college facilities in recent years

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

Being seen as schools of first choice for families with many excellent government and independent in the region

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

1. Maintaining an authentic Catholic Identity in an ever increasing secular society

2. Ensuring that State and Federal governments of all persuasions maintain a fair and viable funding model for Catholic education

St Aloysius, North Melbourne

Mary Farah

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 3 km NW of Melbourne CBD
What is the nature of your College A 7-12 girls school administered by Mercy Education Inc
How many students 515
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at CLC Eltham

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

1. The welcoming nature of the students who live by the Mercy values of service hospitality, respect, compassion and courage.

2. In addition, the commitment of staff.

3. Finally, the innovation and excitement of the leadership team.

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

Enrolment
Funds and resources

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

The main issues remain:

  • balancing formation with other requirements
  • balancing a focus on both performance and process.

Finally, the continuing issue of stewardship of the environment within sustainable budgets

St Josephs Ferntree Gully

Vin Feeney

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory East 15 kilometres from CBD
What is the nature of your College SJC is a 7-12 boys school founded by the Salesians of Don Bosco for the local parishes. It is governed by the Association of Canonical Administrators and chaired by one of the parish priests. Currently that is Fr Alan Fox of Ferntree Gully.
How many students 1070
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 1999
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of Marian College in Ararat

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

1. The improvement in student achievement standards at the same time as catering for the needs of funded students who comprise 10% of the total population.
2. The development of flexible learning spaces and accompanying new pedagogies.

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

1.Meeting the competition of new select entry schools which challenge the culture of community membership and loyalty.
2. Dealing with transport limitations around the Hills area.
3. Evangelising  in an unchurched era.
4. Meeting the mental health needs of a stressed era.

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

1. Evangelising is an unchurched era.
2.Meeting the health needs of a stressed era.
3.Matching the capital demands of a very competitive Education market.
4. Making learning future proof.

Marymede College

Michael Kenny

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory North East 25 kilometres from CBD
What is the nature of your College Diocesan; Co-ed; P-12
How many students 1725
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal - Assumpton College, Kilmore

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

1. The great facilities that have been established in just a short period of time


2. The welcome the community have given to new leaders in the College

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

1. Catering for the educational needs of families in such a fast growing area of Melbourne


2. Quality staffing and ongoing professional development

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

1. Ensuring adequate resources are maintained in the light of funding uncertainty.
2. Providing for students with disadvantage
3. Meeting the diverse literacy and numeracy needs of students.

 

Caroline Chisholm Catholic College

Marco DiCesare

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Inner West 10 kilometres from CBD
What is the nature of your College Junior Girls Years 7-9, Junior Boys Years 7-9, Co-Education Senior Years 10-12
How many students 1500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal - Campus Director La Valla College

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • We are a Secondary Catholic College dedicated to learning excellence.
  • We have great staff, excellent facilities and most importantly, our students are supported and encouraged to be the best they are called to be.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • We must continue and work hard to be the leaders in learning excellence in our community.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Managing our limited funds while ensuring that we continue to offer excellence in all areas of the College.

 

Thomas Carr College

Andrew Watson

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Tarneit, a western suburb of Melbourne approx 25km from CBD
What is the nature of your College Regional Year 7 to 12 Co-educational Catholic College
How many students 1500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of Mercy Regional College, Camperdown

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • enhancement of our Catholic Identity, improving learning and teaching program
  • commencement of our $22 million master plan
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • to meet the increasing demands of one of the fastest growing regions in Australia
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • to maintain an affordable and accessible Catholic education for those families that desire it

 

Parade College Bundoora

Dr Dennis Moore cfc

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Northern suburbs of Melbourne, approximately 22 kilometres from CBD
What is the nature of your College Single sex (boys), owned by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA)
How many students approx 1860
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 1995
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal, St Patricks College, Ballarat

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The pastoral care and support provided for the wellbeing of adolescent male students
  • Extensive curriculum pathways accessibility of VCE, VETiS, VCAL, ASBA
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Ensuring accessibility by manageable fees
  • Future planning for Epping/Plenty Development Zone
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding, especially for students with learning deficits or disabilities
  • Defining and maintaining Catholic Identity

Saint Josephs Geelong

 

Tony Paatsch

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 60km South West of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College We are a Catholic Secondary Boys' College governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia for boys from yrs 7 12
How many students 1740
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

I commenced as Principal this year having previously been Principal at St Bernard's College in Essendon for 8 years prior to which I was Deputy Principal for nine years here at St Joseph's.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I am proud of the strength of attachment that the students, alumni and community have to this college.
  • This flows from the second thing I am proud of and that is the exemplary pastoral care provided for all students .
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Catholic schools in Geelong and district share the challenge of a changing regional economy transitioning from a manufacturing base to a more diversified knowledge based economy. The success of Deacon University which has 2 campuses in the City is integrally linked to this.
     
  • We share the challenge that faces all Catholic schools of being the face and hands of the Church to the majority of our Catholic students and family and seek to remain relevant in an increasingly secular world.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Identity and funding.

 

 

Salesian College Chadstone

Robert Brennan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 19km south east of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Salesian College is a boys only, Yrs 7 12 Catholic College run by the Salesians of Don Bosco
How many students 950
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal, Nagle College Bairnsdale

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

The connectedness and sense of belonging of the boys to the College and to each other.
The real sense of community that exists at the college and environment that allows for.

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

Competition for enrolments is our most pressing issue
Losing students to select entry schools also adds to this issue

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

Providing an authentic Catholic education for all students in our care
Ensuring we have input into the national dialogue on current education issues such as teacher performance, national curriculum. Falling standards

 

CRC Melton

Mark Sheehan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Western suburbs, Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Co ed, 7-12 Regional College
How many students 980
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal, Samaritan Catholic College

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

Selection and induction of 70 plus staff in the past five years.

Managing the design and construct of seven building projects during that time including - Year 7, 10 and VCE Buildings, Food Technology classrooms, Trade Training Centre and Performing Arts Centre.

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

Keeping pace with the demands of delivering a contemporary curriculum in the context of:

  • Federal Government requirements
  • State Government requirements
  • Catholic Education Office projects such as Catholic Identity project
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Uncertainty with Government funding , both recurrent and capital

 

St Mary's, Nathalia

 

Matt Carver

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are  situated in northern Victoria between the Murray River Port of Echuca and the townships of Shepparton and Kyabram.  It is approximately 235kms to Melbourne
What is the nature of your College St Mary of the Angels is a co-educational secondary college that caters for students from years 7 12. The College is a parish school that was staffed by the FMDM Sisters (Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood) when it opened in 1961 up until the last FMDM Sister left the staff in 1994
How many students 605
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal: Learning & Teaching at our College.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of 1. Our sense of community. Our staff and students come from many small communities. When we come together we have been able to then create our own unique St Mary of the Angels community.
2. Living our faith. Our faith community is strong and it is particularly rewarding that we are able to live out faith and put our faith into action. Our mission to evangelise is only as strong as our modeling and action.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Being inclusive to all who seek our values but at the same time ensuring our Catholicity remains strong and proud

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

Secular education some elements of our national community would like us to conform and become more secular.

This leads to another issue around balance. Finding the right balance between a strong Catholic education and ensuring our students enter the world equipped with the necessary literacy, numeracy, entrepreneurial, IT and other life skills to make a successful contribution to their community and society as a whole.

 

Simmonds College, West Melbourne

Peter Riordan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Inner City
What is the nature of your College Boys 7-12
How many students 500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal, De La Salle, Malvern

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

Provision of a Catholic education to a number of socially disadvantaged children

Continued development of sporting and cultural programs for Year 7-12 students.

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

Competition for enrolments and provision of adequate facilities in a small urban site.

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

Funding

Catholic Identity

 

Loyola College, Watsonia

Joseph Favrin

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory North east of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Coeducational College
How many students 1300
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2008
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of Penola Catholic College

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

Significant increase in enrolments/demand for places in the College

Significant grounds/facilities improvement Raising of the public profile of the College

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

Ongoing improvement of student outcomes Raisings academic standards

Making the Catholic faith more relevant to students and their families

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

Making the Catholic faith more relevant to students and their families

Building resilience in young people

Marian College Sunshine

Rita Grima and Raymond Pisani

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory West Sunshine, Western Suburbs of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College All Girls Year 7-12 A Kildare Ministries school in the Brigidine tradition
How many students 735
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College Commenced Co-Principal role together in 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Rita Grima - Director of Learning and Teaching

Raymond Pisani - Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

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

Multi-cultural nature of the College is embraced and celebrated by all 

High expectations for student learning resulting in high levels of access by students to tertiary study

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

Maintaining consistent enrolments with a transient population

Meeting the needs NESB, asylum seeker and refugee families

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

Funding certainty

Maintaining our commitment to faith-based education

St Columbas, Essendon VIC

April Honeyman

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:

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

Years 7-12, Congregation owned
How many students:

1,000
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:

2005
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:

Principal, Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:

Achievements of students in all areas of school life, particularly academic and performing arts.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area:

 

  • Future funding,
  • collaborative support of each other,
  • making ourselves obviously distinct, different and attractive to parents.

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

  • Funding and Catholic identities.
  • What makes the education in our schools distinctive and different?

 

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