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A new principal for a new Queensland school

Posted on 22 December 2017
A new principal for a new Queensland school
Paul Begg has been appointed as foundation Principal of St Joseph's College Coomera from the commencement of Term 2, 2018 with the school formally opening in January 2019.

Paul is currently Head of Campus at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough (De La Salle Campus).  Prior to this appointment Paul held the position of Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing at St Joseph's Nudgee College.

Paul has a Masters of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University, a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Human Resource Management and Communication from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Education from Griffith University. This appointment follows public advertising and a selection process involving the parish priest, a representative from the school community and representatives of Brisbane Catholic Education on behalf of the Archdiocese.

The new school's Steering Committee comprised of local parish and community representatives, Parish Priest Fr John Echewodo, and BCE staff put much effort into deciding on the name, which has now been approved by Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

St Joseph's College will be one of three schools receiving pastoral support from the Coomera Parish, which also includes Assisi Catholic College (P-12) at Upper Coomera, and Jubilee Primary School at Pacific Pines.

In addition, it's intended that the secondary year levels at St Joseph's College will attract students from Mother Teresa Primary School at Ormeau and some students from other Catholic and state primary schools on the northern Gold Coast.

St Joseph's is planned as a four-stream primary school (Prep to Year 6) and six stream secondary school (Years 7 to 12).

The 10-hectare site, on Kerkin Road South, is being master-planned to cater for an eventual enrolment of more than 1,800 students, but will open in 2019 with a smaller number of students in Prep to Year 3 and Year 7.

Year levels will be added progressively until the first Year 12 students graduate in 2024.

BCE Executive Director, Pam Betts, said the choice of name was reflective of the values which the school will represent. 

"The Steering Committee very strongly advocated for the new college to embrace the charism of Australia's first saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, and of the order which she founded, the Josephites," she said.

"The name chosen for the college pays tribute to the full name of that order the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

"We are thrilled that the Sisters have given us their strong support for this, which will strengthen the Josephite charism and values on the Gold Coast.

"The college's motto Courage to Love, Learn and Serve beautifully encapsulates the values and example of St Mary of the Cross, and we are sure these values will inspire the students, staff and families of the new college community," Miss Betts said.

The Steering Committee has also finalised the college's emblem, which will serve as a visual articulation of the school's identity.

Featuring the college colours of gold and teal blue (the signature colour of the Sisters of St Joseph), the emblem represents the college's Catholic identity, its location close to the Coomera River, the green hills and farmlands of the landscape, and the connection the college will provide for the community.

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