South Australian Member Profiles

Rostrevor College, Adelaide - Brian Schumacher

Cabra Dominican College, Adelaide - Helen Riekie

St Francis de Sales College, MOUNT BARKER - Gavin McGlaughlin

St Aloysius College, Adelaide - Paddy McEvoy

Mount Carmel College, Rosewater - John Konopka

Marymount College, HOVE - Sara SCUNGIO

Christian Brothers College Adelaide - Noel Mifsud

Mercedes College Springfield - Peter Daw

Sacred Heart, Glenelg - Steve Byrne

St Marks - Greg Hay

Cardijn College - Paul Rijken

Nazareth Catholic College, SA - Phil Lewis

Rostrevor College, Adelaide

 

Brian Schumacher

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 10 mins east of the CBD.
What is the nature of your College EREA, Boys, Reception to Y12, Boarding
How many students 750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Cabra Dominican College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • Leading a strong team of committed educators who want to make a difference in the lives of the boys entrusted to our care.
  • Fostering innovation and school development
  • Contributing to the development of emerging leaders
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Rostrevor's commitment to inclusive education including its successful work with indigenous day and boarding students
  • The passion for Rostrevor that is evident in the approach taken by staff, students, families and old scholars
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Funding - developing a strategic approach to providing an affordable catholic education in the context of rising parental expectations and much greater capital spending in Government and Independent schools.

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

Cabra Dominican College, Adelaide

Helen Riekie

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Cumberland Park, 6kms south of the Adelaide CBD.
What is the nature of your College Co-ed 6-12 (7-12 from 2019)
How many students 1240
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal of Student Wellbeing and Leadership, Cabra Dominican College
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:
  • Working with staff.
  • Exploring, finding and implementing ways to improve the learning environment/experience for students.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Providing opportunities for all students to access an engaging and challenging curriculum.
  • Our collective commitment to nurturing and supporting an inclusive, welcoming community
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

Be a clear point of difference for familie

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Affordability, value for money
  • 'our point of difference/identity'

St Aloysius College, Adelaide

Paddy McEvoy

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory SAC is in the heart of the city of Adelaide
What is the nature of your College SAC is a Mercy school for girls, with Early Learning to Year 12 located on the one campus
How many students 1300
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal, St Marys College, Adelaide
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

I love watching girls grow and flourish at SAC, and witnessing the power of education to transform lives. Moments from the orientation days for new students to the Year 12 Graduation make me aware of the privilege it is to lead this school community.

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

Saint Aloysius College educates young women who are confident, compassionate and willing to act for change. I am proud of the diversity of this community, both culturally and socio-economically. We support all students to achieve their personal best academically by providing a broad and rich curriculum delivered by excellent teachers.

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

Affordability is one of the key challenges we face at this time in South Australian Catholic schools. In order to maintain our diversity, we need to continue to attract students with excellent facilities and resources, whilst keeping fee increases to a minimum.

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

Affordability of Catholic education seems to be an issue nationally. Ensuring equitable funding between schools in all sectors from both state and federal governments is critical to enabling parents to choose the best school for their child.

Mount Carmel College, Rosewater

John Konopka

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mount Carmel College is located at Rosewater. Rosewater is less than 12 kms from the Adelaide GPO.
What is the nature of your College Mount Carmel College is a Years 8 to 12 co-educational, systemic Catholic College. Year 7 students will commence at the College in 2019.
How many students 458
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017. I am on secondment as Acting Principal until the end of the year.
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal, St Aloysius College, Adelaide
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Definitely the interaction with students, staff and parents. I enjoy supporting students to achieve their best.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Mount Carmel College has a wonderful mix of so many different cultures. We have a great sense of community and involvement by everyone and we provide excellent options and pathways for students but as a low fee school.
  • Our Mary MacKillop Unit provides wonderful support for students with disabilities and I am very proud of how the Unit is integrated into our College life.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

 

  • Some of our families are struggling financially yet parents make great sacrifices to send their son or daughter to our College.
  • The move of Year 7 into the secondary College in SA Catholic schools from 2019 is an exciting challenge for us. We are currently preparing our building program to not only incorporate Year 7 but also to build a new senior secondary centre.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

The level of funding to Catholic schools throughout Australia continues to be an issue for us and other schools.  We need to be  funded appropriately to ensure all students, especially those from poorer families, are  given equal opportunity  in education, as education is the key to their future.

Marymount College, HOVE

Sara SCUNGIO

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Near Adelaide's main beaches in the south west suburb of Hove, 14 kilometres from Adelaide's CBD.
What is the nature of your College Middle School for Girls Years 6 9 in the Good Samaritan tradition
How many students 460
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal at Mary MacKillop Memorial School
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Our strong commitment to all girls being provided with opportunities to access and engage in a rich and broad middle school curriculum and learning environment.

A terrific staff committed to the ethos of the College, the learning and wellbeing of our students and families.

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

 

Remaining financially accessible to all families and ensuring resourcing for our most vulnerable.

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

The ongoing challenges of affordability associated with funding issues.

 St Francis de Sales College, MOUNT BARKER

Gavin McGlaughlin

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 33 kilometres up the South Eastern Freeway, east of Adelaide CBD district, in South Australia
What is the nature of your College Reception to Year 12 Co-educational
How many students 750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, Mount Carmel College, Rosewater
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Seeing students experience success and achieve to their capacity, seeing the whole school community growing and working together, and planning for our future.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • the community support of all,
  • the breadth of opportunities provided to students, and
  • the great commitment of a dedicated staff.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area


Continuing to provide a warmth of invitation in to spiritual development and faith formation for all students and families, for many of whom we will be their only experience of Church.

What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Justice of funding and support from disparate State governments and an ever moving federal landscape, and
  • the importance of providing a clear message about who we are as Catholic Education Australia, regardless of which of our schools you choose to connect your family in to.

Christian Brothers College Adelaide

Noel Mifsud

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 214 Wakefield Street ADELAIDE
What is the nature of your College Birth to Year 12 boys Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition
How many students 1300
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment I was a Religious Education Coordinator for 10 years, a Principal for 4 years and Base Commander in Antarctica prior to the Principalship at CBC.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

I am most proud of our work in terms of contemplative prayer and it's efficacy on student engagement, Asia literacy and Edmund Rice Education beyond borders strategic plans and our research on early intervention and it's efficacy in raising educational outcomes in our Middle School.

I am also proud of our work in building a new junior school and also learning centres in senior campus which is drawing international acclaim for its focus on 21 Century leading school environments.

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


Challenges in SA is maintaining educational rigour, affordability and having highly aspirational teaching and learning outcomes with the lowest state funding in Australia, reluctance to move year 7 s into senior school for economic rather than educational reasons, an enterprise bargaining model, high levies and co responsibility fees being charged by CESa and EREA that is going to make Catholic schooling unaffordable.

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

Challenges of Catholic school is affordability ensuring our Catholic schools remain open to those most in need as well maintaining affordability. Ensuring our schools remain authentic, rigorous and contemporary in meeting the educational needs of our students in a global 21st century context.

Nationally we need a marketing campaign to re establish the values and aims of Catholic Education. I believe our voice has been lost as educational leaders in the national and international educational community

Mercedes College Springfield

Peter Daw

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Springfield, 6km from the Adelaide CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-educational, Reception to Year 12 College in the Mercy tradition.
How many students 1230
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2004
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal Consultant at CEO
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Mercedes commitment to ongoing school improvement and innovation is evident through our focus to:

  • the International Student Programme and
  • our involvement in the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area


Maintaining accessibility of a Catholic education in a fiscally tight environment.

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

Our ongoing funding issues confronting Catholic Schools particularly in SA.

Following from this ensuring our schools remain financially within reach of our Catholic community.

 


Sacred Heart, Glenelg

Steve Byrne

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory not far from Glenelg
What is the nature of your College All boys 6-9; co-ed 10-12; separate campuses and co-ed boarding
How many students 1700
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal St Michaels College (2005-2012)
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

SHC has a strong family spirit and high achieving students across a very broad curriculum.

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


Maintaining our Marist Catholic ethos and,

Financing adequate resourcing without putting the fees beyond the reach of our local parents.

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

Securing our identity as quality, Catholic Schools and,

Securing adequate resourcing whilst remaining affordable and accessible to our families.

 

St Marks, Port Pirie

 

Greg Hay

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 200kms north of Adelaide
What is the nature of your College Reception to 12 Co-Ed in the Salesian tradition
How many students 975
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2012
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal Cardjin College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

We have a farm in the centre of our 80 hectares. It produces wine, cattle, wool and wheat. There is a piggery and the goats nearly always behave themselves.

There is a cohesion and confidence about our students. It comes from a Salesian sense of hospitality, fun, scholarship and trust. it's a good place.

The local Church is welcoming and robust and we have a wonderful Bishop (Greg O'Kelly).

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


We are a vulnerable to the vagaries of economics. It is all okay at the moment but the farmers keep watching the weather and the Lead Smelter remains the industrial barometer of community wealth.

I want the students to try as hard with their studies as they do on the sports field.

They are wonderful kids and our challenge is to build in their imaginations the great possibilities of the future.

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

Funding The weight of bureaucracy and the trends and whims of politicians. They should send their children to South Korea or Finland

 

Cardijn College

Paul Rijken

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Noarlunga Downs (26 km south of Adelaide CBD)
What is the nature of your College Diocesan Co-Ed Years 8-12
How many students 964
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2005
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal St Aloysius College
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

Students who are highly committed to their studies and the broader life of the College

Staff who are exceptional in their work and our research in the area of Learning Environments

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


That Catholic schools continue to be accessible to all families living in our region

The provision of support services particularly in the area of special needs

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

Our ongoing funding (recurrent grants) systemically which allows each school to grow in its capacity to provided excellence in Catholic Education

Catholic Identity and the challenges in terms of our mission today and tomorrow as we bring the gospel to a multi-faith and multi-cultural community

Nazareth Catholic College, SA

Phil Lewis

In what year where you appointed as a Director of CaSPA:
2011

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory:
Flinders Park
What is the nature of your College [e.g. single sex, 6-12, Order owned &c]:
Secondary Campus (Diocesan,Co-ed Year 8- 12)
How many students:
1070
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:
2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:
Principal (Gleeson College, Golden Grove)
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:
Hard working staff and the friendly students.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area:
We have a multi cultural community and try to work in very supportive ways with students and families in need.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally...:
Besides funding issues, I believe we need to continue to work together to maintain our Catholic values, Catholic identity and be at the cutting edge of contemporary teaching and learning.

 

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