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Case Study - Experience as a Principal Interstate - David McInnes

Posted on 20 October 2017
Case Study - Experience as a Principal Interstate - David McInnes

33 of our current 455 Catholic Secondary Principals have moved interstate from their previous school where they were Principal. There are always "gains and challenges" with such a move, We are grateful to David McInnes who moved from Champagnat Catholic College MAROUBRA NSW to St Teresa's Noosaville, QLD for sharing this reflection on such a move:


Relocating to Queensland in July 2016 came about when the opportunity to lead another Marist school in another state arose. Leading a school in the Marist tradition at the time was a great joy and satisfaction, therefore the opportunity to remain in this network of schools was appealing.

Relocating midyear is never easy, however the welcome and support I received form the school community and the parish made the transition quite smooth. This is what one would expect from a Catholic, Marist community.

Adjusting to the different educational frameworks in Queensland was somewhat of a challenge, moving from BOSTES to QCAA processes.

The dual moral purpose of our faith and learning work however remained the  focus and this was no different than previous experiences. 

I look forward to working with colleagues in introducing the new Queensland Certificate of Education into our work, combining a new senior curriculum with external examinations to inform ATAR scores.

The privilege of leading a strong faith and learning community at St Teresa's has made the move from Sydney a great delight.

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