Truth   Faith    Hope    Witness

2024 CaSPA Leadership Excellence Award and

2024 Professional Learning Scholarship

Applications are NOW OPEN


President’s Message

Welcome to the CaSPA website.


On behalf of the CaSPA Board, I would like to wish all of our Catholic Secondary Principals and their school communities the very best for the upcoming year. We hope that your schools are experiencing growth in student outcomes and staff professional learning whilst maintaining your own wellbeing and enthusiasm for such a pivotal position. My very best wishes to all of our Principals, especially our Beginning Principals and Principals who are joining a new community this year.

We hope to see you all at our Biannual Conference in Perth, Western Australia from July 14-16 at the Crown. We have also extended an invitation to our Primary Principals across the country and hope to see this opportunity as the start of a greater connection with our Primary Associations, especially with a number of schools moving to a K-12 model. For all communications please refer to our CaSPA Website or communicate with your State/Territory Director.

The CaSPA Board looks forward to continuing its representation of Catholic Secondary Principals with the Australian Government and other associated agencies. Advocacy is an area that has grown considerably in the past few years with invitations from our peak educational and political bodies growing. We will continue to channel our resources into our ‘voice’, a key aspect of our vision. CaSPA also looks forward to further developing the collaboration with Australian Catholic Primary Principals’ Association (ACPPA), State & Territory Catholic Associations, International Confederation of Principals (ICP) and the Coalition of Australian Principals (CAP).

A key focus for this year will again be supporting the work and wellbeing of Principals as well as supporting our research with the Australian Catholic University with a focus on Women and Leadership as part of actioning our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan. I hope you will enjoy CaSPA’s monthly Newsletters and please make use of our Website, which has many resources for your convenience.

Have a successful year.

Dr Stephen Kennaugh
CaSPA President

Acknowledgement of Country

CaSPA acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.  We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Our Mission is to provide

The mission of CaSPA is therefore focussed on: UNITY VOICE SERVICE The mission of CaSPA is a deep commitment to excellence, equity and innovation in Catholic secondary schools. Through open dialogue, collegiality, advocacy and a contemporary knowledge of the issues impacting schools, CaSPA will ensure that Catholic secondary school principals are well represented at a national level. In this way, CaSPA seeks to make a difference in the lives and work of Catholic secondary principals.

Our Vision is to be the

The vision for CaSPA is to be an organisation of: UNITY VOICE SERVICE for Catholic secondary school principals in Australia. CaSPA, is focussed on ensuring that Catholic secondary principals have the necessary support and knowledge to lead and thrive in their school. CaSPA is a Catholic organisation first and foremost, with Jesus as the role model. In this spirit, the needs and aspirations of members will shape CaSPA’s service.

Our Core Values are

Underpinning the CaSPA vision and mission is a commitment to four core values. These are TRUTH FAITH HOPE WITNESS CaSPA will integrate the above core values and the eight Catholic Social Teachings into the way that the association functions. The core values will underpin open and honest communication with members, collaborations with governments, principal associations and other national organisations. The core values will also inform the work and deliberations of the CaSPA Board itself.