QUEENSLAND MEMBER PROFILES

St Patrick's College, Gympie - Mark Newton

Mercy College, Mackay - Jim Ford

Clairvaux Mackillop College, Mt Gravatt - Brian Eastaughffe

Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Toowoomba - Christopher Gabbett

St Francis College, Crestmead, John Marinucci

Columba Catholic College, CHARTERS TOWERS - Candi Dempster

St Catherine's Catholic College, Proserpine - Mel Scherwitzel

Good Samaritan Catholic College, Sunshine Coast - Greg Myers

St Ursula's College, Toowoomba - Tanya Appleby

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 - Rob Corboy

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 Patrick's College, Gympie

Mark Newton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mackay is approximately 2 hours North of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Catholic coeducational College specialising in Years 7 to 10
How many students 435
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2019
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Previously Principal at St Joseph's College Cloncurry in the Townsvile Diocese
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

A community that seeks to improve in every way each day.

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

The commitment of our staff and the culture of inclusion across the College

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

Sustained growth in enrolments and the link to wider economic factors.

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

...the continual balancing act of wellbeing for staff and students and increased demands in workloads and curriculum content

Mercy College, Mackay

Jim Ford

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mackay is approximately 1000km North of Brisbane (best to fly!).  Known as the 'Sugar City' we are green and tropical most of the year.
What is the nature of your College Catholic coeducational College specialising in Years 7 to 10
How many students 970
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2006
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Previously Deputy Principal at Emmaus College Rockhampton, and prior to that Deputy Principal in State Education at North Rockhampton State High School
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Talking to people.  I learn so much just listening to the insight of others.

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

That the place would function perfectly well without me, and that the whole range of student abilities can, and do, experience success here.

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

Staffing - A continual concern.  Jobs and career advancement exist North of Noosa but the vast majority of teachers are unwilling to venture North.  We do remarkably well despite this.  There is however excellent local support for our Catholic schools.

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

Catholic brand has experienced a lot of collateral damage over the last decade.  In addition to transparent child protection processes, we need to project a strong image of the fact that we have great schools for kids to thrive and learn.

 

Clairvaux Mackillop College, Mt Gravatt

Brian Eastaughffe

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Upper Mount Gravatt, Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Systemic 7-12 co-ed college
How many students 1300
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of a Brisbane Catholic Collegr
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Staff working towards cultural changes that benefit the students. Students recognising that we (staff members) want to work with them

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

Sense of belonging that the students have with their College. Students volunteering in this era of increasing self-entitlement

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

Remaining competitive so that we continue to attract enrolments.

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

Maintaining our Catholic identity and sustaining our good reputation in catering for families who want a Catholic education.

 

Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Toowoomba

Christopher Gabbett

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Highfields, just north of Toowoomba. About 110km west of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Systemic P-12 co-ed college
How many students 834
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2019
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Trinity Catholic School, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK.
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

The enthusiasm of staff and students to make the school great in every way is really palpable and Im really proud to have joined that journey.

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

Mary MacKillop has a very strong focus on social justice as Mission, Witness and Ministry. 

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

Competition in a crowded market place and increasing secularization of society meaning that the Catholic school has to re-affirm itself. 

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Competition in a crowded market place, and increasing secularization of society meaning that the Catholic school has to re-affirm itself..

 

St Francis College, Crestmead

John Marinucci

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Approx 30 kms south of Brisbane
What is the nature of your College Systemic P-12 co-ed college
How many students 1050
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2019
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Head of Campus 7-12 at St Francis College (Crestmead)
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

The vibrancy of students and seeing success on their faces

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

The cultural diversity and the welcoming and friendliness of the community

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The competitive enrolment numbers battle; and
  • Attracting quality staff in some key curriculum areas
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  A re-contextualising Church.
  • In the light of funding models, how can Catholic schools maintain their place in the education sector as a value for money option for families (especially for the struggling, the recent refugee arrivals and families that experience trauma).

 

Columba Catholic College, CHARTERS TOWERS

Candi Dempster

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Charters Towers, 150km from Townsville in North Queensland
What is the nature of your College Prep to Year 12 Boarding Co-educational.
How many students 500
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2019
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal, St. Benedicts College, Mango Hill.
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Aligning staffs expertise with goals to advance student progress

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

1. Long tradition of Catholic Education in Charters Towers - over 140 years.
2. Boarding College servicing graziers and outlying families across North Queensland.

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

Economic hardship and drought,

Falling population rates.

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

1. Recontextualisation of Catholic Identity and its role in human dignity and opportunity of service to
others.
2. The living and teaching of the Religious Education Curriculum in an ever increasingly secular society.

 

St Catherine's Catholic College, Proserpine

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Mel Scherwitzel

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory .  St Catherine's Catholic College is located in Proserpine Whitsundays, 20 minutes from Airlie Beach.
What is the nature of your College St Catherine's is a K -12 Co-Ed Systemic School. It is part of the Townsville Diocese.
How many students 640
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2019
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal at St Pauls in South Australia
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

I have only just started, but I really enjoy building community, Knowing the parents and the students, empowering staff to grow professionally and sharing in the successes of our students.

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

That is is open to all and that it has a strong sense of community. We also have a strong culture of students wanting to succeed.

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

Enrolment numbers fluctuate each year.  Many of our older students choose to go to the local government school for Years 10, 11 and 12 because they do not want to do religious education as a timetabled subject. This means that we have very small numbers graduating in Year 12.  The parents in this community often allow the students to make the decision as to which school they will attend.

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

Ever increasing secularisation. Parents do not necessarily seek a religious education but they like the facilities and the pastoral nature of the school.  I think parents also learn that Catholic schools offer remissions etc and some families then seek financial support continuously in relation to a number of school related issues. This becomes challenging for schools when you need to say no to one of the requests and the parents then claim that we are not being supportive.  This can lead to losing enrollments.  We are often viewed as charity schools.  The other challenge for schools in general is that many parents seem to think that they can dictate what they want and when we don't deliver they leave

 

Good Samaritan Catholic College, Sunshine Coast

Greg Myers

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory On the Sunshine Coast, about 100km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College Systemic P-12
How many students The College is opening in 2019 with approximately 180 students in Prep to year 3 and year 7. The College will grow to 1500 students in 8 to 10 years.
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2019
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Unity College, Caloundra
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Helping young people achieve to the best of their ability and take their place in the world.

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

The staff of our new College has really come together and have started to forge a real and tangible Catholic Identity. Their enthusiasm for the new roles and willingness to be part of the development of the College culture is really inspiring.

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

Meeting the demand for Catholic education in this fast growing area of South East Queensland has its challenges. As a new school, establishing relationships with other schools, local community and businesses is also a challenge.

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

Maintaining our Catholic identity in the face of a more secularised society and ensuring that we remain true to the mission of our schools. Affordability of Catholic schools for families, especially the most needy, will continue to be a significant issue as the funding debate continues.

St Ursula's College, Toowoomba

 

Tanya Appleby

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory College is 128km (approximately) from Brisbane, Qld
What is the nature of your College Catholic day and boarding school for girls in Years 7-12
How many students 555
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Previous role was Acting Principal at Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn NSW
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Greatest satisfaction comes from working with students, families and collaborating with staff in the context of building a vibrant, faith-filled community

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

Aspects of the College of which I am especially proud that we are an inclusive multicultural community and that we live out the Ursuline charism

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

Main challenges of ours and other Catholic schools in this region would be the changing demographics that have included a greater number of schools that are either lower in fees or are state schools

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

The two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally I believe that Catholic schools face the challenge of reducing enrolments in a very competitive climate and further to this is the impact of funding in non-government schools

 

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

Rob Corboy

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 650km north of Brisbane.
What is the nature of your College EREA All boys Boarding and Day 7-12
How many students 613
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal St Theresa's, Abergowie, Qld
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction

Ability to be available and present to support and mentor staff within the college.
Being able to advocate for students and support their journey through their life at St Brendan's College.

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

Our extensive range co-curricular offerings such as rodeo, shooting, a wide range of sports, music, art, debating, chess and horse riding.
Vast curriculum offerings which include 9 VET certificates taught by knowledgeable staff who support the students in achieving their full potential.

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

Continuing to be a school of choice and remaining at the forefront of offerings.

Also being challenged to remain authentic to the Blessed Edmund Rice Charism in all that we do.

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

Staff having knowledge of Catholic traditions and teachings.
Ongoing funding of the education sector.

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
  •  
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 compa
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