NSW Member Profiles

St John's College Woodlawn, Lismore - Chris Comerford

Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville - Steve Lo Cascio

Kincoppal - School of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay - Maureen Ryan

St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park - Amanda Wilson

De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah - Peter Buxton

Mackillop College, Bathurst - Steve Muller

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer - Ann Freeman

Clancy Catholic College, WEST HOXTON - David Fetterplace

James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange - Peter Meers

Santa Sophia Catholic College, Box Hill, Sydney - Mark De Vries

Maronite College of the Holy Family - Sr Margaret Ghosn

MacKillop Catholic College, WARNERVALE - Steve Todd

Oakhill College, Castle Hill - Br Steve Hogan

St Patrick's College, Campbelltown - Sue Lennox

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood - Patrick O'Reilly

St Pauls College, Kempsey - Kevin Lewis

La Salle Catholic College Bankstown - Michael Egan

Trinity Catholic College, Auburn - Daniel Delmage

St Paul's Catholic College, Manly - Christopher Browne

MacKillop College Bathurst - Gina Whelan

St Peter's Catholic College, Tuggerah Lakes - Tim Hildebrandt

O'Connor Catholic College, Armidale - Regina Menz

Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek - Robert Nastasi

St Mary's Cathedral College, Sydney - Michael Kelleher

Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham - Paul Conn

Stella Maris College, Manly - Elizabeth Carnegie

McAuley Catholic College, Clarenza [via Grafton] - Mark O'Farrell

Patrician Brothers College, Fairfield - Peter Wade

St. John Paul College, Coffs Harbour - Michael Carniato

Delany College, Granville - Robert Muscat

St Francis de Sales Regional College, Leeton - Sebastian Spina

Lumen Christi Catholic College, PAMBULA BEACH - Steve Centra

Mount St Patrick College, MURWILLUMBAH - Paul Clohesy

St Pius X College Chatswood - John Couani

Carroll College, Broulee - Steve Bath

Marian Catholic College Kenthurst - Jayne Campbell

St Joseph's College Banora Point - Eric Littler

De La Salle College Ashfield - Stephen Kennaugh

St Scholastica's College - Kate Rayment

Rosebank College - Tom Galea

Marist Parramatta - Patrick Howlett

James Sheahan NSW - Mark Pauschmann

All Saints College NSW 

Mount St Benedict College, NSW - Maria Pearson

St John's College Woodlawn, Lismore

Chris Comerford

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located in the Northern Rivers of NSW, about a one hour from the Queensland border.
What is the nature of your College

Once an all boys' boarding school run by the Marist Fathers, St John's is now a Systemic co-education 7-12 day school.

How many students 775
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012. 
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to my appointment to St John's I was principal at St Paul's Catholic College Manly for six years.

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

Witnessing achievement by staff and students beyond their personal expectations.

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

The College is a particularly welcoming community. It is easy to feel at home and get involved in a school that students are proud to attend.

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

Many people have moved to the area for life-style reasons, to remove themselves from the pressures of big business or city life.

Trying to maintain a focus on achieving one's potential often conflicts with the general milieu in the region.

As well as this, the discrepancy between the numbers who identify as Catholic and those who genuinely make a contribution to develop a dynamic Christian community is palpable.

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

Playing a part in the re-building of a credible Catholic community.
Taking staff formation to a level beyond "carrot and stick" enticement.

Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville

Steve Lo Cascio

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Approx 40
km South West of Sydney in the Macarthur region.
What is the nature of your College
  • Systemic Co-Ed 7 - 12
How many students 1070
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Acting Principal of St Benedict's
College, Oran Park (Terms 2 4 2017),

Assistant Principal St Benedict's College Oran
Park (2011 2017)

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

There is a great satisfaction in seeing people with great ideas and knowing that I have the ability to support them in these. I have been given great energy from the professionalism of the staff around me and the welcome given by the students.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The immense work of the staff to provide extra opportunities for the students in their care.
  • The culture of learning that is evident in the students.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The massive growth in population in the South West of Sydney has resulted in enrolment pressures on our schools.

Trying to maintain the focus on learning and academic excellence is impacted by the many extra pressures placed onto schools by wider society.

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

Funding to ensure we provide the best quality education for our students and maintaining this with a Christ-centred focus

Kincoppal - School of the Sacred Heart, Rose Bay

Maureen Ryan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney
What is the nature of your College
  • Independent Co-Ed from ELC-Yr 6
  • Girls from Yr 7-12 Day and boarding
How many students 958
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Sacre Coeur College in Melbourne
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Heading a faith filled community

Providing the best educational opportunities to our young people

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Sense of community
  • Cultural diversity
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Being the "church" for our young people [and their families]

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding models
  • Fall out from the Royal Commission and the impact on "brand"


St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park

Amanda Wilson

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located 70Km South of Sydney's CBD
What is the nature of your College Systemic, 7-12
How many students 520
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment : Principal Holy Spirit College Bellambi
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Make a difference in the lives of students and seeing them achieve more than they thought they could. I love the variety of the job and the interactions with parents, students and staff.

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

I am proud of the aspect that there is a willingness in the staff and students to take on challenges and make changes.

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

The significant challenge is to maintain an authentic Catholic school in a secular world with preference for the poor and marginalised.

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

One of the main challenges is the changing nature of society's view of religious institutions. There is a challenge to be authentically Catholic and balance the demands of the secular world.

The second issue is the significant change agenda that exists in all aspects of education, being a 'change manager' is the main job of a principal and we are beginning to see change fatigue in staff and this is an issue around retention of the good staff.

Mackillop College, Bathurst

Steve Muller

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Bathurst - 200 Km  West of Sydney
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12 girls school
How many students 590
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal at All Saints Catholic College, Liverpool
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students develop positive relationships with each other and with staff.

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

The strong sense of community spirit and the focus on service.

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

In a competitive market and with the high cost of living, enrolments are always a challenge as many parents choose the easy option of cheaper public schooling.

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

Faith-based education in an increasingly secular society represents a challenge for all Catholic schools and we have to work harder than ever before to maintain our relevance in light of recent negative press.

Also concerns regarding the funding of Catholic schools in the future.

De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah

Peter Buxton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located 24Km South of Sydney's CBD
What is the nature of your College Systemic, all boys 7-10
How many students 520
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal for 10 years at Marist College Pagewood, Holy Cross College Ryde, Marcellin College Randwick and Marist College Kogarah
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Working in a wonderful and happy community of staff students and parents. Interacting with all in this community is satisfying.

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

The high standards being achieved by students and the dedication of staff.

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

Being a 7-10 College is a challenge in preparing students for stage 6 and HSC.

Working collaboratively with the senior College is on our agenda

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

Connecting the College community to the Church in a growing secular society.

Mackillop College, Bathurst

Steve Muller

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Bathurst - 200 Km  West of Sydney
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12 girls school
How many students 590
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal at All Saints Catholic College, Liverpool
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students develop positive relationships with each other and with staff.

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

The strong sense of community spirit and the focus on service.

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

In a competitive market and with the high cost of living, enrolments are always a challenge as many parents choose the easy option of cheaper public schooling.

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

Faith-based education in an increasingly secular society represents a challenge for all Catholic schools and we have to work harder than ever before to maintain our relevance in light of recent negative press.

Also concerns regarding the funding of Catholic schools in the future.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College Burraneer

Ann Freeman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 31 kms South of Sydney
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-10 girls school
How many students 500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Leader of Learning SCS Eastern Region
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Carrying on the Mercy tradition in an all-girls school in the heart of Cronulla - a very different experience to Baggot St in Dublin!

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

The Mercy in Action Group - a social justice group which is heavily involved in works to assist in the local community and the Sisters of Mercy. Our ability to provide a selective stream for talented students, while at the same time a dedicated special education unit.

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

Providing that point of difference that stays true to our Catholic ethos but is competitive with the other schools in our region.

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

Remaining true to our Catholic identity and charism within the state framework and standards.

Clancy Catholic College, WEST HOXTON

David Fetterplace

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Sydney, approximately 200km from Canberra
What is the nature of your College K-12 Co-ed
How many students 1170
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, All Saints Catholic Senior College (2013-17)
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Working with committed teachers and students

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

The relationships between members of the community and a commitment to excellence

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

The number of secondary Colleges (very competitive) and Literacy/Numeracy demands

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

Funding

James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange

Peter Meers

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory : Orange is located in the Central Western Tablelands of NSW. It is a major regional centre 270 km north west of Sydney, across the Blue Mountains, situated between Bathurst and Wellington.
What is the nature of your College JSCHS  is a systemic Catholic school, part of the Bathurst Diocese (Catholic Education: Diocese of Bathurst). It is a coeducational Year 7 to 12 school.
How many students 1030
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment I was the Assistant Principal of JSCHS from 2009 to 2017. I entered teaching in 1987 and have been teaching continually since that time. I have taught in five schools (two city schools/ three country schools) over my 32 years. I have also held positions of Head Teacher of HSIE and Head Teacher/ Subject Coordinator of English.
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

I have the greatest satisfaction in supporting our students to leave with a strong understanding of compassion guided by Catholic teaching a compassion that goes beyond their immediate family and friends to their communities and to those with far less in our society and in our world. Hopefully, they also leave with integrity and open hearts to those who do suffer disadvantage, poverty, despair and discrimination.

I also gain great satisfaction in leading a school where we are focused on nurturing in our students a deep understanding of our Christian faith and knowledge of a caring God and a promise of salvation which should hopefully provide our students a tremendous and incredibly powerful sense of hope that can nurture, challenge and sustain them throughout their lives. I think our parents and students would also say that we provide a powerful sense of belonging and we are also very proud of this.

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

We have fantastic students who have a strong reputation in the Orange Community for their respect, courtesy, politeness and enthusiasm. I feel we provide a powerful 21st Century Education, very much built on the concept of a holistic education, where hopefully our students leave with a strong sense of faith, with skills to help them to be both successful in careers and also to be successful in all aspects of their lives, in families, in communities and within themselves.
I think the school is epitomised by its values of courage, compassion, hope and belonging. The courage to be good people, to make a difference in the lives of others, the courage to take on challenges and to grow through risking discomfort, failure or setbacks at times.

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

As a regional school we must work harder to ensure that our students have the same resources, opportunities and experiences that student from Sydney and Australia's capitals enjoy. This includes exposure to multicultural experiences, opportunities to excel in their personal strengths, such as sport, drama, dance, music, etc, and exposure to post-school possibilities, including tertiary institutions, career and work choices.

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

With declining Parish and organised religious involvement of families, we need to always explore ways to give our students an awareness of the profound support and strength that Christian belief provides and hopefully continually search for ways to strengthen their commitment to sustained, life-long faith practice and openness to God's presence. Secondly, Catholic schools need to continually reflect on how they attract and support students from the full spectrum of Australian society, particularly students from low income Catholic families who for a variety of reasons may not be accessing Catholic education.

Santa Sophia Catholic College, Box Hill, Sydney

Mark De Vries

Founding Principal, Santa Sophia Catholic College, Box Hill, Sydney

Being the Founding Principal of a new school offers infinite possibilities. I'll be implementing the latest evidence-based research and practice in learning and teaching, to help to prepare students for the future.
In a world that's constantly changing, in particularly in a work force, where the types of jobs are changing, schools need to help students prepare for their future - this is exciting!!
Santa Sophia will have a strong focus on core enterprise skills - critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, financial literacy, creativity - and will provide opportunities through the learning for students to develop these skills.

Maronite College of the Holy Family, Harris Park

Sr Margaret Ghosn

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Parramatta west of Sydney in the Macarthur region
What is the nature of your College Independent Co-ed. 
How many students 1200
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal at the College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • When students achieve exceptional results
  • When there is family spirit
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Community spirit
  • Improving reputation in  the wider community
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Governance
  • Social Media
  • Secularisation
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The anti-religious climate
  • Safe Schools Program
  • Funding

MacKillop Catholic College, WARNERVALE

Steve Todd

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Warnervale is North of Sydneyin the Hornsby region
What is the nature of your College Co-ed K-12
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 McKillop College, Bathurst
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • School Improvement Plans
  • Building the Catholic Culture of the College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Very strong HSC results for a low SES area
  • The proud Josephite culture of the school
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Mental Health Issues for students and Parents
  • Being part of a renewed Catjolic School profile post Royal Commission outcomes
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally Making Catholic Schools truly local commuity based schools

Oakhill College, Castle Hill

 

Br Steve Hogan FSC

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory DeLaSalle Oakhill is north of the Sydney CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-Ed Year 7 Year 12.
How many students 1700
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal DLS Hong Kong
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students aspire to better things

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

Student and school ethos

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

Gonski 2.0

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

St Patrick's College, Campbelltown

Sue Lennox

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Patrick's College is in the south west of Sydney in the Macarthur region
What is the nature of your College Independent Girls school in the Good Samaritan tradition. Year 7 Year 12.
How many students 700
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal Dean of Students
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Initiating changes in curriculum and pedagogy that bring about greater learning for every girl at the College.

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

Increase of enrolments of Aboriginal girls and their pride in identifying as an Aboriginal young woman

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

Poverty. For some the inability to give the best to their children because of a lack of resources and others their limited understanding of the power a good education has in lifting their children out of the cycle of poverty they are experiencing.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally The relevance of the church in the lives of the congregation now given the reputational damage it has suffered and will continue to suffer in this generation.
Diminishing number of teachers who are committed to their religion so that it becomes increasingly difficult to employ people who are able to contribute to the charism of a catholic school.

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood

Patrick O'Reilly

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Burwood, NSW: Inner West, Sydney.
What is the nature of your College Senior College, Year 11 and 12
How many students 250 Full time students, Year 9-13 (including post school programs), 190 Part time/External students.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal, Marist College, Kogarah
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Being involved in the successful establishment of a new educational and training entity, leading and embracing innovation and contemporary thinking.

Working alongside colleagues committed to Senior school experience and pathways focussed on the building of skills, competence, confidence, character and faith.

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

Providing meaningful, engaging, applied learning pathways in and through the HSC, in a Centre of Excellence-recognised in part through twice being a National Award Winner.

Providing personalised, flexible and adaptable learning pathways, including School Based Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Enterprise activities, which provide fanastic personal and professional opportunities for our young adults, in the context of a faith community.

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

A shared, genuine valuing of a Vocationally focussed HSC-a valid and important pathway, one which suffers a 'parity of esteem' alongside the pursuit of the ATAR.


Growing and maintaining an engaging and enriching faith experience for all in this community of faith.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally Sufficient and equitable resourcing of all non-Government schools, especially those such as Trade Training Centres who are additionally resource intensive.

Maintaining and balancing community trust and confidence alongside an authentic response to historical Church abuse.

St Pauls College, Kempsey

Kevin Lewis 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory SPC is located 424km north of the Sydney CBD
What is the nature of your College SPC is coeducational 7-12 and is part of the Lismore system of schools
How many students 585
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal of this school, and prior to that Assistant Principal of St Paul's High School (now MacKillop College) in Port Macquarie
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students get the opportunity to succeed in areas that they once may have not even been able to access. I enjoy seeing them put the hard work in and succeeding academically, culturally, in the community and on the sporting field.

I also take great pride in their successes outside of school and in the work force believing that their education and community mindedness has come from the hard work of the team here at SPC
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of We have given students a far greater choice of pathways during senior schooling moving from a highly academic pathway to a more flexible and suitable pathway based on their individual needs and preferences
I am also proud of the growth we have had, not only in our enrolment numbers, but also in the outcomes achieved by students in their HSC or work opportunities. We have moved into the 200's on ATAR over the past 4 years up from numbers in the high 400's.

We have also increased our VET offerings and numbers within those courses to better cater for students needing to progress into employment rather than to tertiary study. I believe now have a better balance of courses for students, but we are always looking to improve that even further..

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area Kempsey is a low SES area so aspirations sometimes are low, in line with wages and job opportunities so we work hard to ensure as much access to employment outcomes an academic success as we can.  Low fee schools rely on a lot of good will, supoort above and beyond from staff and the community to ensure we can provide a quality education for all of our students.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally Funding for everything - interventions, extension, facilities, specialist staff, community engagement and opportunities. We can all offer a traditional curriculum but this is not what our students need. They need real world opportunities and that takes resources, time and money which seems to be a difficult thing to provide for many schools around the country.

I also believe that Catholic Schools will suffer when the TJH Hearing hands down its verdict and recommendations (possibly justifiably so) as well the implications of 83C and other governmental imperatives placed on schools. It's becoming a question of.... when am I going to find time to do that...?.

La Salle Catholic College Bankstown

Michael Egan 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory South Western Sydney, 20km from the CBD.
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-ed 7&8, boys 9-12, incorporating a Trade Skills Centre
How many students 635
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

 Working with refugee students, working with committed teachers.

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

Upgraded facilities that meet the learning needs of students in this community.

Strong, consistent growth in student performance data.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area Overcoming the literacy obstacles confronting newcomers, engaging parents more meaningfully in the education of their children.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

The changed landscape of Government funding that threatens our capacity to maintain low fee systems of schools.

The relentless growth in teachers tasks that have little or nothing to do with teaching and learning.

Trinity Catholic College, Auburn

Daniel Delmage 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Trinity Catholic College is a two campus school located in the Inner West Region of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The school is located about 45 minutes west of the Sydney CBD and about 20 minutes east of Parramatta.
What is the nature of your College Our school is co-educational college located on two sites. Our Regents Park site caters for the needs of students in Years 7 & 8 and our Auburn Site caters for students in Years 9 - 12. The College is administered and supported of Sydney Catholic Schools but it is also supported by Marist Schools Australia
How many students 1224
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment I was principal of Marist College Eastwood for 9 years
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

 The parts of the role that give me the greatest satisfaction is making a difference in the lives of your students. From the child who needs special help and support to our most gifted students who need to be challenged. See them happy, safe and engaged in their learning gives me great satisfaction.

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

I am especially proud of the rich Catholic Culture that is alive and vibrant in the college which creates the opportunity for staff and students to deepen their faith while working together in community. The other important feature of the College is the wonderful academic results that have been achieved over many years. This feature continues today with students and staff focused on doing great things together.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area The main challenge of us is to continue to maintain our rich and vibrant Catholic culture in a changing demographic region, however this has been a hallmark of the college's achievements over many years. Furthermore, our commitment to academic excellence well supported by a focus on Literacy and Numeracy through contemporary pedagogical approaches creates the foundational base that will ensure success for our students as the move into the 21st Century.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

I feel that we are in a period of great challenge. We need to ensure that our schools remain distinctively Catholic in the face of an increasing secular society. Furthermore, as educators, we need to ensure that we are clear about what students need to prepare them for the future and this needs to be well supported by research.

St Paul's Catholic College, Manly

Christopher Browne 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 18km north of Sydney across the harbour. The school is part of the old St.Patrick's estate up the hill from Manly founded by the Christian Brothers in 1929 and became a diocesan school under lay leadership in 1982.
What is the nature of your College Diocesan Catholic secondary boys college with an Edmund Rice history.
How many students 660
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Hennessy Catholic Catholic College Young
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

 I'm energised by working with a team of staff to transform our school to allow our boys to be the best they can be, having every opportunity possible to put their best foot forward. Seeing young men grow through the troubles in their lives to become fine young men has always struck me as a particularly satisfying aspect I witness year in year out. Producing well educated confident young men of faith that will go out in the world to make a difference, placing others at their heart is wonderful to see. As Catholic schools we have a responsibility to support such students as core business. If we can't do that in our context why is the gate open?

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

- St Paul's is a comprehensive boys Catholic college with a rich program that honours its Edmund Rice tradition as well as a strong culture of excellence for the students regardless of their aspirations.
- An experienced leadership team and staff committed to the best for the boys in our care with a growing and vibrant culture of innovation in learning.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area - We are challenged by a community whose valuing of the ethos of Catholic schools has been severely impacted by the decline of the Catholic school as an automatic choice for parents with a Catholic school background. Hence they are very mobile with their educational choices for their children. This has been further impacted by the climate created by the Royal Commission. What our community values about our schools has never been more fluid.

- There is a crowded concentration of independent schools, some of whom are Catholic in this region as well as selective and non selective government schools which create a complex enrolment context.

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

 

- Commonwealth and State Funding and their impact on fee levels will always be a concern for our schools.

- The intersection of charism and the story of Jesus as a values foundation for what we do. Having the stories of our founding charism and Jesus come alive and have relevance today in our community in an atmosphere of significant challenge for the Catholic church generally..

MacKillop College Bathurst

Gina Whelan 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory MacKillop College is in Bathurst which is three hours west of Sydney in NSW.
What is the nature of your College Systemic , all girls, 7 12.
How many students 600
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal, MacKillop College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

It's still very early days but I really enjoy catching up with students and teachers in the  classroom environment wherever possible.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The positive school spirit of the MacKillop College community is evident in all we do. I love  how the girls get involved in all areas of College life.
  • Students are extremely supportive of  their peers and other community members with a strong sense of social justice.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Being a country school, keeping up to date with professional learning needs often  requires extended travel. This means teachers are required to be out of class more often than  their city counterparts.
  • Combatting the epidemic of mental health issues, particularly in girls, is a challenge we fa

 

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