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Meetings with NSW Principal Groups

Posted on 1 November 2017
Meetings with NSW Principal Groups

Above top: Principals from the Parramatta Diocese

Above bottom: Principals from the Broken Bay Diocese

It has been a busy week catching up with Catholic Secondary Principals in a number of NSW centres.  Unlike most other jurisdictions, the Catholic Secondary Principals do not meet on a state wide basis.  Rather most of their gatherings are around their Diocesan centres:

  • Armidale
  • Broken Bay
  • Bathurst
  • Lismore
  • Maitland/Newcastle
  • Parramatta
  • Sydney
  • Wagga
  • Wilcannia Forbes
  • Wollongong

Further to this, there seems to be very limited opportunities for "Religious Institute" school Principals to meet with their Diocesan school colleagues.

At CaSPA we see great advantage in all Catholic Secondary Principals in a State or Territory being able to meet and support their colleagues. As a first step to promoting this option for our NSW principals, we have been meeting groups in their separate diocesan groups to let them know of the work of CaSPA. In time we hope there will be opportunities to share beyond these groups and across all Catholic schools regardless of their governance arrangements.

We also note common issues confronting Catholic Secondary Principals when we conduct these meetings.  Among these issues are:

  • Interest in promoting Principal Health and Well Being
  • The opportunity for Secondary Catholic Principals to have an effective voice in their Awards and Conditions
  • Concern with the future of funding arrangements
  • The challenge of leading large Catholic Colleges while maintaining fidelity with a contemporary Catholic Identity
  • Having an effective voice in the shaping of new governance structures for Catholic Education
Tags: Catholic Secondary Principals Australia

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