QUEENSLAND MEMBER PROFILES

St Laurence's College, Brisbane - Chris Leadbetter

St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge - Catherine Galvin

St Mary's College,  Maryborough - Stephan le Roux

Carmel College, Redland - Stephen Adair

Good Samaritan Catholic College, Sunshine Coast - Greg Myers

St Teresa's Abergowrie College. Abergowrie - Michael Conn

St Joseph's College, COOMERA - Paul Begg

Loreto College, Coorparoo - Kim Wickham

Good Counsel College, INNISFAIL - Dora Luxton

St Benedict's College, Mango Hill - Claire McLaren

St Brendan's College, Yeppoon - Nick Scully

Chanel College, Gladstone - Susan Bunkum

Downlands College, TOOWOOMBA - Stephen McIllhatton

St Saviour's College, Toowomba - Sharon Collins

St John's, Roma - Donaugh Shirley

St James College, Brisbane - Gerald Crooks

St Joseph's College, Toowoomba - Clem Welch

All Hallows' School, Brisbane - Catherine O'Kane

Shalom College, Bundaberg - Dan McMahon

Mackillop Catholic College, Mount Peter - Luke Reed

Holy Spirit College, Cooktown & Cairns - Erica Prosser

Assumption College, Warwick - Kort Goodman

St Michael's College, MERRIMAC - Michael Nayler

St Mary's Catholic College, Woree - David Harris

St Margaret Marys College, Townsville - Kathleen Park

St Monica's College, CAIRNS - Edna Galvin

Stuartholme School, TOOWONG - Kristen Sharpe

St Columban's College Caboolture - Ann Rebgetz

St Andrews Catholic College, Redlynch Valley (Cairns) - Lee MacMaster

St. Johns College, Nambour - Christopher Gold

St Teresa's College - David McInnes

Nudgee College - Peter Fullagar

St Stephen's Catholic College, Mareeba - Ida Pinese

Mount St Bernard College - David Finch

Mary McKillop College - Christine Clarke

Marymount College - Chris Noonan

St Rita's College - Dale Morrow

Mount Alvernia College, QLD - Kerrie Tuite

St Laurence's College, Brisbane

Chris Leadbetter

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Brisbane, just South of CBD
What is the nature of your College  5 12 boys only
How many students 1570
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal St Edmunds College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing the growth in students in their learning and their character

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

The culture of inclusion and the learning culture.

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

Our area is an area with many high performing schools.
 

Our challenge is to remain authentic to our mission.

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

Funding is a major issues as is a decline in Catholic Identity.

 

St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge

 

Catherine Galvin

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Northside of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Secondary Girls
How many students 530
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment DP St Columban's College Caboolture
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • Having the capacity to positively influence the futures of the students
  • Helping to build a College that meets the needs of the community now and into the future.
  • Learning the community
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The warmth of the community and the welcome I have received.
  • The willingness of the community to embrace change
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

The loss of loyalty to Catholic schooling by parents and the need to be strong on how we differ from state schools which also offer excellent educational opportunities. Moving from a culture where parents automatically sent their children to the Catholic school to one where they do not have that sense of loyalty, and how we respond to that individually and collectively.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The challenges to the Catholic church and loss of trust in the institutions of the church.
  • The challenge by state and independent schools to enrolments
  • The need to develop an alternative/additional  measure of success that includes well being and not a reliance on a narrow test measure for schools

St Mary's College,  Maryborough

Stephan le Roux

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane (260km)
What is the nature of your College Co-ed P-12
How many students 398
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Head of Middle School
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Meeting with students and discussing their learning pathways. 

Developing the skills of staff through enhancing autonomy and accountability.

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

The learning, friendly & welcoming atmosphere that you experience the moment you walk onto site

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

Enrolment numbers
Being rural and having not the same support as those schools in the cities

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

How are we, as Catholic schools, responding to the Royal Commission and how do we make sure that we don't lose parents due to aspects committed by the Catholic Church Leaders and as lay leaders within that system, we don't get blamed..

Carmel College, Redland

Stephen Adair

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 25 km SE of Brisbane in the beautiful Redland area
What is the nature of your College C0-ed 7-12
How many students 1120
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Head of Yrs 7-12 Emmaus College, Jimboola
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Developing the capacity of teachers through collaborative practice

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

The students and the staff

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

I have not been here long enought to know

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Remaining relevant in the increasingly secular and pluralistic society
  • Dealing with Industrial and HR Issues while attending to the learning agenda

Good Samaritan Catholic College, Sunshine Coast

Greg Myers

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane (100km)
What is the nature of your College Co-ed P-12
How many students 1435
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Southern Cross Catholic College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Watching our young people grow to their full potential

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

Our developing and growing culture as an Ecumenical College on the Sunshine Coast.

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

Managing rapid growth within the area and the pressures on demands for enrolment and building of facilities.

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

Appropriate Government funding for all schools.

St Teresa's Abergowrie College. Abergowrie

Michael Conn

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 1500km North of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Systemic Boys Boarding School 7-12
How many students 200
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Ignatius Park College, Townsville
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Watching the students develop pride and confidence as they achieve.

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

The College caters for some of the state's most damaged and vulnerable boys.

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

Isolation attracting staff in some key areas.

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

 

St Joseph's College, COOMERA

Paul Begg

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Coomera is located 40 minutes South of Brisbane and is a part of the Northern Gold Coast
What is the nature of your College St Joseph's College is a Brisbane Catholic Education (Systemic), Co-Educational P-12 School 
How many students 2019 will be the foundation year for the school. We will begin with Years Prep-3 and Year 7 in secondary. By foundation Senior Year it is projected the school will have an enrollment of 1850.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment P-12 Head Secondary at Southern Cross Catholic College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

The great joy in school leadership is the opportunity to track the learning and growth pathway of students from children to young men and women. The relationship you form with them, and their successes encourage you in those difficult moments. Equally it is the same in the leadership of staff. Being a part of their growth

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

Firstly, that we are a school to be founded on the Josephite charism and as such have the opportunity to build a modern Catholic school centred on inclusion, excellence and service. These values exemplified by the work of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop will deliver the opportunity to shape a community with the motto "Courage to Love, Learn and Serve". Secondly, that this is a new journey and foundation P-12 school in a significant area of growth in South east Queensland.

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

As with many Catholic schools engaging families and young people in a faith and school community, when societal pressures and demands are so high, is very challenging. As such ensuring we grow as an authentic and valuable presence in their lives, and that of their children, will be a difficult but highly rewarding opportunity. Additionally, there are many challenges associated with being a foundational school and establishing your presence, purpose and credentials within a new and growing area.

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

 

Loreto College, Coorparoo

Kim Wickham

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory ner CBD
What is the nature of your College Religious Institute 7-12 Girls
How many students 810
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Dean of Studies at St Aidan's
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Interaction with students and staff

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

the manner in which the charism of our founder is lived each day within the school community

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

ensuring that we continue to excel in all aspects of education

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

increased secularisation of Australian society

funding of catholic sector

St Benedict's College, Mango Hill

Claire McLaren

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 70km north of CBD
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12 Co-ed
How many students Currently 520 growing to 1100 in 4 years
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Our Lady's College ANNERLEY, Qld
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Developing a culture of collegiality among staff
Encouraging students to be positive and try their best and participate in as many school activities as possible
Developing good connections and relationships with parents

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

Managing the ever changing growth and nature of the college as you move from a greenfield site through the various stages until we become a large College

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

Maintaining our enrolment level in an area of the State where parents and families seem to be who are  constantly moving in/out of our catchment area

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

The changing nature of Catholic identity where an increasing number of students and parents are not churched.

Good Counsel College, INNISFAIL

Dora Luxton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Far North Qld Cairns Diocese
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12 Co-ed
How many students 380
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment 1.  Foundation Principal, Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera QLD 2004-2015
2. Principal St Michael's College, Merrimac (1997 2004)
3. Principal Our Lady's College, Annerley (1990 1996)
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Developing processes and staff capacity to ensure the best possible outcomes for students

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

Too early to say but given the recent challenges, the capacity of staff to move forward and embrace change

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

Attracting and holding on to quality staff at all levels;  accessing networks for Middle Leaders

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

Networking across systems and sectors

St Brendan's College, Yeppoon

Nick Scully

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Yeppoon is a regional centre in Central Queensland and is approximately 800km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College EREA All boys Boarding and Day 7-12
How many students 604
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal St Bernards College, Essendon, Vic
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Working with the boys and developing staff

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

A transition class for indigenous boys from remote communities

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

Enrolments

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

Managing costs

Chanel College, Gladstone

Susan Bunkum

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Gladstone is a regional centre in Central Queensland and is approximately 550km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-educational; 7-12
How many students 480
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal/Head of Campus
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Without a doubt, the aspects of the role that give me the greatest satisfaction are:

(a) the fact that I work with young people the key to our future - who are truly inspirational; and

(b) the opportunity to be build community with parents and with staff as well as the opportunity to foster strong relationships between the College, the local parish community and also with the wider regional community.

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

Chanel College is a school which truly 'lives out' its motto to "To live justly".

The call to be a people of hospitality, outreach, and compassion is clearly evident in the daily life of this educational community.

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

(a) the fact that we are a regional school in an area that is heavily dependent on industry. The recent downturn has had a significant impact on many families in our area; and

(b) the imperative that our students have access to the same standard of educational and vocational opportunities as do their city counterparts.

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

(a) in light of increasing secularisation etc. of society, keeping the 'Catholic' in Catholic education is an imperative that creates an on-going dynamic tension for all those who would lead in Catholic schools; and

(b) ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of curriculum design and development, pedagogy, pastoral care practices and that we create cultures which reflect on practice and dare to embrace the challenge to continually evolve our structures and practices in light of evidence-informed research.

Downlands College, TOOWOOMBA

Stephen McIllhatton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Toowoomba Regional City Centre. West of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC), Years 5 12, Independent, Co-educational, Boarding
How many students 760
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2011
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Education Consultant
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction
  • Enrolling students and following their journey.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Friendliness
  • Community
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Very highly competitive nature of the Darling Downs education sector.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Decreasing growth percentage and
  • "Authenticity".

St Saviour's College, TOOWOOMBA

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Sharon Collins

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 130km from Brisbane (1.5 hours)
What is the nature of your College  All Girls, Catholic in the Mercy tradition, Systemic - run by the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, 7-12, day students and boarding.
How many students 170
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Assistant Principal: Identity, St Mary's College, Toowoomba
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction
  • Definitely the girls.  They are so full of life and spirit and have an energy that is contagious. 
     
  • Excellent teaching staff, who are dedicated to student success through quality teaching and learning, and nurturing right relationships. 
     
  • Our diversity:  as well as a strong contingent of local families, we enjoy the fruits that come with accepting students from other cultural backgrounds, including Papua New Guinea, and rural and remote Australia.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Having attended the College myself for all my secondary schooling, I am proud of the education I was privy to, and the fact that so many intelligent, upstanding and influential women continue to be borne out of a St Saviour's education.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
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What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The rise of secularism and families opting out of a Catholic education for this reason.
  • A fathomable loss of faith in Australian Catholic Education system after a number of cases presented at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

St John's, Roma

Donaugh Shirley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  Roma is six hours west of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College  Co-ed P-12
How many students 705
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment  Principal of Mary McKillop in Toowoomba
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Behaviour of students and professionalism of staff
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Ability to source staff.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
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St James College, Brisbane

Gerald Crooks

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory  St James College is situated on the fringe of the CBD in Brisbane city, adjacent to the inner-city suburb of Spring Hill.
What is the nature of your College  The College is a Co-educational Secondary Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition (EREA), catering for students from Years 7 12.
How many students 430
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment  Principal of McAuley Catholic College, Grafton, NSW.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  We believe St James is a very authentic expression of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.  This expression is lived out through provision, we believe, of a liberating education that provides hope for all, a pastorally-strong approach to inclusivity, a deeply compassionate commitment to justice and solidarity, and a spirituality that while rooted in the Gospel speaks meaningfully and deeply to the diverse religious backgrounds of our students (Catholic, other Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Orthodox and those who do not adhere to any religious denomination)
  • St James College maintains a committed and enriching approach to inclusive education.  Its diverse population comprises students from nearly different cultural backgrounds, many of whom are asylum-seekers and children of refugee families.  In addition, the College has built a strong reputation in the wider community for supporting students who have particular learning needs or differences.
  • St James maintains both university-oriented senior courses as well as a strong Vocational Education program as a registered training organisation.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  The school is flanked by two very high-profile, high tuition fee Catholic Secondary Independent Schools both with long waiting lists.  St James attracts students well outside its local city area, preferring to offer educational options and opportunities to those at the lower end of the socio-economic scale.  This raises issues particularly in respect to financial sustainability and fluctuating enrolment patterns. 
  • Positive and supportive pastoral care procedures are crucial in order to sustain quality relationships within the school community.  These need always to be reviewed and improved upon.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Maintaining a strong and relevant Catholic voice in education in Australia.
  • Ensuring Catholic Education is accessible to all and non-discriminating, particularly in regard to the marginalised and those with little visible means of support.

St Joseph's College, Toowoomba

Clem Welch

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Toowoomba is 125 kms west of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Catholic systemic co-educational
How many students 820
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal in Wagga, NSW
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • respect among the students
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Overload within the curriculum/extra-curricular
  • expectations from Govt. eg. ACARA, NAPLAN, online safety, child protection, WHS
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding equity
  • Church image
  • Time for the ARTS in curriculum

All Hallows' School, Brisbane

Catherine O'Kane

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Brisbane CBD
What is the nature of your College Single sex, girls, Years 5 - 12
How many students 1550
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal - Studies at St Rita's College, Clayfield, Brisbane
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Our School community's commitment to social justice and empowering young women through education;
  • the dedication of our staff to the pastoral care of our girl's and our staff's commitment to providing the most effective teaching practice and support services to enable our girls to gain a holistic education in their time at All Hallows'.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The rapid pace of change in our world and ensuing impact of this change on education and the specific changes in the National and State education agendas;
  • continuing to attract quality staff in both teaching and support roles for both permanent and contract positions - this is particularly challenging in certain subject areas and particular support areas.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • In a rapidly changing world, communicating and living our gospel values and charism in all areas of our School is an ongoing issue;
  • fostering and developing future leaders for our Catholic schools.

Shalom College, Bundaberg

Dan McMahon

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Bundaberg
What is the nature of your College Shalom is a Co-educational Diocesan school catering for students from Yr 7-12
How many students 1330
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of St Joseph's College Toowoomba 2002-2008
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I love the culture that we have created at Shalom.  Excellence is OK in any area. 
  • Students and staff are positive about life and learning at Shalom. 
  • An extract from the ACER formulated National School Improvement Tool completed at Shalom July 2016:
Commendations:
- The Christian ethos of the school community of Shalom College is the driving force behind its purpose, values and focus areas. Shalom College has developed a very strong sense of community based on its Catholic identity and values. The outstanding school facilities are presented in an exemplary manner. The respectful way in which students, staff and parents interact with each other is indicative of an exemplary school culture. The staff, students and parents are united in their pride in the Shalom College community.
- The comprehensive vertical pastoral care structure and program is reported by teachers, students and parents as being highly valued providing a sense of safety, belonging and opportunities for student leadership development 
Productive and supportive partnerships with parents and community are embedded in the school culture.
- The leadership team and staff of the college demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of positive and caring relationships to successful learning, and work to build enduring mutually respectful relationships across the school community.
- The leadership team is clearly committed to improving on current student outcomes.-
The College has used extensive testing to develop a data base which clearly identifies the learning needs of all students. This data has been used to develop a very wide range of programs.  Inclusive differentiated strategies including in class, individual and small groups support program delivery.  The work of the Learning Enhancement Centre is to be highly commended. 
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • To continue to provide the breadth of education opportunity for young people to enable them to access clear and worthwhile pathways into an exciting future. 
  • Schools need to be agile and responsive to needs and opportunities. 
  • In Queensland our schools continue to embed the changes required by the introduction of National Curriculum in the Middle years as well as very new and different approaches to teaching and assessment in the Senior school.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The authentic Catholicity of our schools is at risk of secularization.  The work done at this school and many others through the 'Catholic Identity' project through the Louvain University highlights many of the very real challenges we face as Catholic educators.  Our young people and our families don't necessarily embrace the values that underpin a Catholic school. Many of our staff no longer are grounded in either Catholic identity or theology.  
  • Our schools will need to work very hard in the in-service of our staff to ensure that the values of Catholic Education are truly embedded.  Our students and our parents must be challenged from an authentic and relevant Catholic world view.  This work needs to be done against a backdrop of working within a Church that is often more ham-strung than enabled by the Magisterium.

Mackillop Catholic College, Mount Peter

Luke Reed

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mount Peter is located in Cairns' southern growth corridor.  We are 1800km from Brisbane in tropical Far North Queensland.
What is the nature of your College MacKillop Catholic College is the Cairns Diocese's newest P-12 College (opened January 2016).
How many students While we will grow to 1600 students, we have commenced this year with 88 students in five learning groups from Prep to Year 3.  We are currently preparing our application to commence Secondary offerings in 2018.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015.  This was a period of preparation for the opening of the College January 2016.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment My last Principalship was of Mount St Bernard College, in the Cairns highlands.  Prior to taking up this current role, I spent a short period as Senior Education Officer with the CES Faith and Religious Education Team.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  Excellent committed staff
  • Supportive and trusting parents and families
  • Happy students who are focused learners
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  Meeting the demand for student places in a growing regional city.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Intentionally embedding Catholic Identity in the culture of school communities

Holy Spirit College, Cooktown & Cairns

Erica Prosser

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Cooktown Campus is 2 050 km and the Cairns Campus is 1 700 north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Dual campus, day and boarding college for disengaged young people in yr 7 to 12
How many students 85
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Roebourne District High School, Pilbara, WA
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The young people who are wanting to re-engage with education.
  • The dedicated staff who are willing to step outside the norm in working holistically with the young people in our dynamic and challenging environment.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Remaining true to our Catholic ethos, while providing education in an increasingly secular society.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Offering a uniquely Catholic education to every individual young person.
  • Remaining relevant in our rapidly changing world..

Assumption College, Warwick

Kort Goodman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Warwick is approx  160km south west of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic Co-ed 7-12
How many students 454
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deptuy Principal at St Mary's College Towoomba
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Welcoming and caring community
  • Providing a quality Catholic Education for rural families
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  With decreasing attendance at Chruch and increasing numbers of other denominational Schols, a link with the College through our faith tradition is vital
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Maintaining a commitment to our core values espoused by our founders.

St Michael's College, MERRIMAC

Michael Nayler

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory On the Gold Coast 1 hr south of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12
How many students 950
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at St Mary's College, South Burnett.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Dedicated staff
  • Friendly students, staff and parents
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Increasing Indigenous recognition and participation and staffing
  • Funding.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Increasing Indigenous recognition and participation and staffing
  • Funding.

St Mary's Catholic College, Woree

David Harris

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Mary's Catholic College is located 1800kms north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Co-Educational, Year 7- 12, Diocesan College
How many students 875
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal - St Augustine's College Cairns
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • There is immense pride in the College with students immersed in the life of the College which includes academic, spiritual, cultural, service, sporting and performing arts opportunities.
  • The College has a choice of educational pathways to prepare students for either further study or the workforce.
  • The College has very experienced and generous teachers who go the extra mile to assist students in reaching their potential.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The challenges are shared by most Catholic Colleges in ensuring that we cater to the varied needs of learners so that each student can experience success and reach their potential.
  • To create a community where parents and carers enjoy a sense of partnership with the College in the education of their children.
  • To enable each student to know God and experience Gods love.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • One challenge and opportunity is to present the Gospel message in a way that is inviting and meaningful to staff, students and families.
  • To prepare and invite teachers to consider senior leadership roles..

St Margaret Marys College, Townsville

Kathleen Park

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Townsville is 1355kms north of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Diocesan Girls' secondary school, 7-12
How many students 750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, St Patricks College, Townsville
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • St Margaret Mary's is known for encouraging Townsville young women to emerge into our community as confident, compassionate and successful women.
  • Our College provides holistic Catholic education in partnership with parents and the Parish ~ the commun
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