Tasmania Member Profiles

Mount Carmel College, Sandy Bay - Fiona Nolan

Dominic College, Hobart - Beth Gilligan

St Aloysius Catholic College, Kingston Beach - Brendan Gill

St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport - Frank Pisano

St Patrick's College, Launceston - Tony Daley

Guilford Young College, Glenorchy - Craig Deayton

St Mary's College, Hobart - Helen Spencer

Star of the Sea Catholic College, Georege Town - Richard Chapman

Mackillop Catholic College, Mornington - Eamonn Pollard

St Virgil's College, Hobart- Damian Messer

Marist College, Burnie - Peter Douglas (Acting)

Sacred Heart College - Elizabeth McDougall

Mount Carmel College, Sandy Bay

 

Fiona Nolan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory The College is located on Sandy Bay Rd in a suburb of Hobart.
What is the nature of your College The College is a K-10 facility, co-educational from K-2 and then all girls until Year 10.
How many students 606 students
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment I was the Assistant Principal: Curriculum of an all girls Years 7 -12 Boarding school.
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

My interactions with students and staff. In particular, the many incidental interactions in the playground or breakout rooms. The conversations about how they are travelling and what they are passionate about.  These interactions provide me with the strength to get through the difficult conversations and mounds of paperwork.

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

My staff they continue to amaze me with their drive to improve individual student outcomes and their support of the great many cocurricular and extracurricular activities. Without them, the students would not have the access to the amount, nor the diversity of experiences.

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

Education to the margins. Offering high quality education to those who can least afford it and still covering costs.

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

The relevance and connectedness of our Church hierarchy to the students in Years 9 and above. 

The Curriculum and the development of understanding in our students.

 

Dominic College, Hobart

Beth Gilligan

   
What is the nature of your College Systemic, co-ed; Kinder to Grade 10
How many students 900 students
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I was appointed as Co-Principal of the College in 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

Working with Brendan Gill as Co Principal and collaborating with him for great outcomes for the college.

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

Getting the job as Co Principals and providing a "new" methodology for leadership at a school that might be useful for other applicants and selection bodies for principal jobs to consider.

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

retaining students at transition points from Grade 6 to 7 and Grades 10 to 11.

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

1) pressures on leaders that take them beyond being leaders in learning and

2) to look beyond these pressures to new educational opportunities that increase student outcomes.

St Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport

Frank Pisano

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Brendan-Shaw College is located in the regional city of Devonport on the North-West coast of the state. It is approximately 3.5 Hours by road to Hobart and an hour by road to Launceston on the North coast.
What is the nature of your College St Brendan-Shaw College is an independent Catholic coeducational secondary school (7-12).
lt is an amalgamation of a Christian Brothers'
Boys College (St Brendan's College) and a Sisters of St Joseph's Girls school (Shaw College).
How many students Just under 700 students
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College I was appointed as Principal of the College in 2011, having acted in the role for 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Prior to taking the appointment I was the Deputy Principal- Pastoral Care.
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

The most satisfying aspect of the role is to be able to set policy direction that has student learning and wellbeing as key priorities.

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

I am particularly proud of the high level of pastoral care that we provide using schoolwide positive behaviour support.

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

The main challenges are that, the region is depressed economically and fluctuating enrolments makes long term forecasting challenging. Compounding this is that the Tasmanian Government is introducing changes to the secondary school sector, extending local high schools to year 11 and 12, thus impacting on a major point of difference.

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

The two issues that I see confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally is having the mission of Catholic schools in supporting the church "to make disciples for Christ" complicated with the twin challenges of an increasing emphasis on the secular in society and the history of abuse that has tarnished the Church.

Secondly, there is the pressure of trying to authentically have an 'option for the poor' in challenging financial times and funding uncertainty.

Guilford Young College, Glenorchy

Craig Deayton

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Guilford Young College is set on two campuses.  The Glenorchy campus is located at 76 Bowden Street, Glenorchy in the northern suburbs of Hobart.  The Hobart campus is situated at 94 Barrack Street, Hobart on the fringe of Hobart's central business district.
What is the nature of your College Guilford Young College is a Catholic Co-educational senior secondary college (Years 11 and 12)
How many students 930
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal, Sacred Heart College; First Dean of GYC
What do  you enjoy about being a principal

Working with people - principally students

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I've only just started but its pastoral care, its work with disadvantaged students and its excellent academic record
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area

 

  • Mission and Identity in an environment of declining connection to faith and practice.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Accessibility for the poor, genuine Catholic identity

St Mary's College, Hobart

Helen Spencer

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Hobart CBD
What is the nature of your College K to 2 Co-ed
3-12 Girls
How many students 910
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal 
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

St Mary's is a fantastic balance of 150 years of tradition and an innovative appraoch to excellence in education

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


It's an onging challenge to help students be critical thinkers who can be counter cultural when the Gosepel imperative invites them to be so

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

On a national level ensuring ongoing funding on an equitable basis in vital to Catholic Secondary Colleges

Star of the Sea Catholic College, George Town

Richard Chapman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory George Town is about 250km north of Hobart, about a 3 hour drive when there are no roadworks.
What is the nature of your College Star of the Sea Catholic College is systemic, co-ed, K-10.
How many students 151
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care) at St Brendan-Shaw College in Devonport, Tasmania.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The strong community and the positive attitude of the staff.

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


We are the only Catholic school within about 40 minutes. The challenges can be perceptions of the school by those who have never stepped foot through the door (!) but also being able to provide quality secondary education to a small cohort.

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

Having a good understanding of what it means to be a Catholic school in 2016 and living out the Catholic nature of the school without becoming "elitist" or seemingly out-of-reach for families..

Mackillop Catholic College, Mornington

Eamonn Pollard

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Across the river on the Eastern Shore, something like 15 minutes or less from Hobart
What is the nature of your College 7 - 10 Co-Ed
How many students 545
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal, Sacred Heart College, New Town
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

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

 

  • There is always the challenge of doing our best to ensure that knowledge, skills and values are not only taught, but learned. 
  • Equally, there is the challenge that the religious life of the College, masses, RE, retreats, etc are not only ticked off, but are having an impact and meeting with the humanity of our students and staff.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The increasing secularisation of Australia, which sometimes brings with it a disregard and disrespect of a religious perspective, perhaps in particular a Christian perspective.
  • Having a proportion of staff who are practising Catholic and comfortable in living their faith out in a school setting.

St Virgil's College, Hobart

 

Damian Messer

 

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 17Kms from Hobart along the Derwent River
What is the nature of your College EREA - Boys only
How many students 765
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Deputy Principal 
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of

The focus on the education of Boys.

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

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Sacred Heart College, Hobart

Elizabeth McDougall

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Located in capital city
What is the nature of your College K-10 Co-educational
How many students 940 students (470 primary/470 secondary)
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment Principal of Systemic primary school
What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction..:

Building positive relationships with students and staff
 

Building a 'can do/ have a go' culture (participation and risk-taking)

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

Our welcome to students and their families who come from all cultures and backgrounds
 

The educational offerings at the College the range gives scope for students to experience success

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


Encouraging students to engage with Church and out of this build a relationship with Jesus.
 

Building partnerships with families to ensure all students experience success in their learning.

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

Funding our schools to ensure we can offer the scope of learning required for students in 21st Century
 

Attracting quality staff (and keeping them), providing adequate and current PL to ensure their currency in our classrooms

St Patrick's College, Launceston

Tony Daley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory:
200 km North of Hobart
What is the nature of your College [e.g. single sex, 6-12, Order owned &c]:
Co-ed 7-12, Archdiocesan College, tradition of Three Orders
How many students:
1520
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College:
2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment:
Head of Curriculum St Hilda's
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of..:

  • Its long history of Catholic Education
  • The manner in which it provides such a variety of pathways for the students

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

  • Maintaining current funding.
  • The perceived increase on workload "creep" for teachers
  • Respons to the challenges of modern society

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