Victorian Member Profiles

Sacre Coeur College, Glen Iris - Anna Masters

St Columba's College, Essendon - Rita Grima

St Joseph's College, Echuca - Michael Delaney

Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg - Judith Weir

Damascus College, Mt Clear - Matt Byrne

Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale Lakes - Anthony Kirley

St Peter's College, Cranbourne - Chris Black

Notre Dame College, Shepparton - John Cortese

De La Salle College, Malvern - Peter Houlihan

Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale - Mary O'Connor

John Paul College, Frankston - John Visentin

Nazareth College - Sam Cosentino

St Mary's, Nathalia - Matt Carver

St Bernard's College, Essendon - Adam Taylor

St John's Regional College Dandenong - Tim Hogan

Saint Josephs Geelong - Tony Paatsch

Trinity College, Colac - Tim O'Farrell

St Monica's College, Epping - Brian Hanley

Aquinas College, Ringwood - Darren Atkinson

Padua College, Mornington - Anthony Banks

Catholic Ladies' College, Eltham - Stephanie Evans

Our Lady of Sion, Box Hill - Tina Apostolopoulos

Marian College, Myrtleford - Cath Watter

FCJ College, BENALLA - Joanne Rock

St Joseph's College, MILDURA - Marg Blythman

Clonard College Geelong, Herne Hill - Damian McKew

Catholic College Wodonga - Darren Hovey

Sacred Heart College Kyneton - Craig Holmes

MacKillop College, Werribee - Rory Kennedy

Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie - Elizabeth Hanney

Sacred Heart College Geelong - Anna Negro

Emmaus College - Tony Hirst

St Aloysius, North Melbourne - Mary Farah

St Josephs Ferntree Gully - Vin Feeney

Marymede College - Michael Kenny

Caroline Chisolm College - Marco DiCesare

Thomas Carr College - Andrew Watson

Parade College Bundoora - Dr Dennis Moore cfc

Salesian College Chadstone - Robert Brennan

CRC Melton - Mark Sheehan

Simmonds College - Peter Riordan

Loyola College, Watsonia - Joseph Favrin

Marian College, Sunshine - Raymond Pisani

Sacre Coeur College, Glen Iris

Anna Masters

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Inner Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Sacre Coeur is an International School of the Sacred Heart for Girls P-12
How many students 720
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment n/a
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Manager, Catholic Education Office Sydney

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?

I am very proud of the fact that we are authentically living our charism

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

Sacre Couer has experienced success at educating the whole child whilst achieving excellent academic results

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

Some of our main challenges are funding, tough competition for enrolments, a rapidly changing educational context and wellbeing concerns

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

I sense that educational change and mental health concerns are two issues that are shared by all schools across the country.

St Columba's College, Essendon

Rita Grima

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Northern suburbs of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Girls' Education, 7-12, under the governance of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity
How many students 1030
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment 2007
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Co-Principal at Marian College, Sunshine West

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?

Seeing students and staff thrive in a stimulating and challenging environment

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • long history of family connections to the College and
  • a sense of pride of generations of women being connected to this College in the community
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Being innovative in new directions for curriculum and wellbeing under funding models that are dated
  • Supporting mental and health and wellbeing of all members of our community staff and students
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Understanding and communicating our Catholic identity in an increasingly pluralistic society
  • Impacts of funding cutbacks

St Joseph's College, Echuca

Michael Delaney

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 225Kms N of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College A Kildare Education Ministries Catholic Secondary Co-ed school
How many students 912
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2015
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment 1999
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, South Gippsland

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?

Being a faith leader, Making a difference, growing staff capacity, growing student capacity

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • welcoming atmosphere,
  • collegiality of staff, 
  • focus on the students
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • distance limits access to resources and networks of like minded staff,
    low aspirations of too many students
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • resisting growing secularity of staff and students.,
  • effect of sexual abuse situation on the credibility of our faith,
  • increasing layers of red tape

Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg

Judith Weir

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory We are located in Heidelberg which is about 15kms from Melbourne CBD.  It is located in the North East of Melbourne.
What is the nature of your College Year 7-12 girls school owned and operated by the Sisters of Mercy.
How many students 1200
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2018
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment n/a
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

I was Deputy Principal-Leader of Learning for 10 years at Emmanuel College which has two campuses in Altona North and Point Cook.

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Having only just started in the role I don't really feel qualified to answer this yet. 
  • There is so much I am loving about the role but I think the thing that is standing out for me at the moment is making connections. 
  • I am enjoying developing connections with my community but also the broader range of professionals that work in education.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • At OLMC the girls regularly talk about the school as a place to try out new things and "have a go" regardless of your ability or talents. 
  • At OLMC inclusivity is really practiced.
    This is a community and it is one that is striving to be excellent in all that it does.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Enrolments in the surrounding Government schools are quite strong, therefore maintaining our excellence and point of difference to make us the school of choice remains a challenge for all of us.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Funding and what this may or may not look like into the future
  • Moving forward, from the challenges that have been exposed by the Royal Commission, in a way that restores trust and faith in both the people and the institution of the faith.

Damascus College,Mt Clear

Matt Byrne

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory To the east of Ballarat 100 kms W of the CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-ed 7-12 School conducted under the charism of the sisters of Mercy and the priests of the dioceses
How many students 1040
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2009
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment n/a
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at this College

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • The unpredictabile nature of the role I am never bored
  • Seeing improving outcomes for students
  • Seeing the Damscus community grow
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Establishing the College as a respected education community in Ballarat
  • The beautiful setting and the image of the College combine to portray our core aims
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Growing student achievement and belief in their potential
  • Many students present at the school with standards below the average of the State
  • Building a connection and love for our Church against the backdrop of negative publicity in the Ballarat region
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Endeavours to find quality models for govenrance of our schools and within that,  the role of the principal at this time of uncertainty
  • The place of principals as community leaders in the context of the church endeavouring to shape its course for the future

Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale Lakes

Anthony Kirley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Greenvale which is 25 kms NW of the CBD
What is the nature of your College Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale Lakes is a Catholic Co-educational Secondary College, established in 2007, serving the families in the outer northern region of the Archdiocese of Melbourne in the local parishes Our Lady's Parish of Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park, Good Shepherd Parish of Gladstone Park and Greenvale, and Holy Child Parish of Dallas and Meadow Heights.

Kolbe welcomed our first group of students (112) to Year 7 in January 2008 at a temporary site - Windrock Avenue Craigieburn that was the 'future site' of Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School for 2009. The College moved to the permanent site at Lysterfield Drive Greenvale Lakes in February 2009, with 252 students in Years 7 and 8 and 28 staff. Our fourth group of Year 12 students graduated from the College at the end of 2016. Planning events and celebrations for acknowledgment of Kolbe's first 10 years 2008 2018 are under way.

How many students 924
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2008
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment n/a
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal and Campus Director at St Joseph's College Melbourne

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?

 

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

- the faith foundation underpinning our College community and all that we do expressed and shared so reverently and appreciably 
- students, families and staff are proud of the College and our achievements
- the dedication and commitment of a caring, professional staff group
- excellent facilities that have been established in a short period of time

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

- providing for students with disadvantage and for new arrivals/refugees
- meeting the diverse literacy and numeracy needs of students
- ensuring quality teaching is supported by effective professional learning teams and by evidence-based strategy

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

- uncertainty  regarding school funding and for programs related to special learning needs and disabilities
- enhancing Catholic school identity, in very challenging times for the Church

St Peter's College, Cranbourne

Chris Black

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Cranbourne which is 42 klms from the CBD
What is the nature of your College St Peter's College is a systemic, co-educational multi-campus school for Yr 7-12 students. St Peter's falls under the governance arrangements of the SALE Diocese
How many students 1530
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment n/a
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

In 2016 I was DP Head of East Campus. Fr the first half of 2017 I was Acting Principal at St Peter's College

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?

Working with students and assisting them in recognising the potential that lies within. Being part of a team that introduces change that inturn leads to improved learning outcomes for students.

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

1. The development of the East Campus (commenced in 2011) as a facility catering for the 21st century learner and teacher.


2. The pastoral program that has as the central driver our vertical homeroom and house system

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

1. To cater for families in one of the fastest growing communities in Australia.


2. Competing with Government Select schools that have emerged in increasing numbers around our local area.

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

1. The funding issue that is current suggests that there is work to be done at the political level as well as in the public domain regarding the relevancy, importance and significance of the role Catholic education has played, continues to play and will play into the future in this country.


2. To ensure current and future staff understand and embrace the Catholic ethos and particular charism of the college and are able to contribute to this environment when working with our students.

Notre Dame College, Shepparton

John Cortese

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Goulburn Valley (2 hours from Melbourne)
What is the nature of your College 7-12 Co-ed
How many students 1750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2013
If you were a Principal in another school, what was the year of your first appointment 1997 (in State Govt (DEECD))
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Regional Director (Teaching and Learning) in the Grampians Region DEECD (State Government)

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Seeing students achieve
  • Seeing students mature
  • Seeing wonderful, innovative, engaging teaching occurring
  • Supporting family units grow
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Teacher unity/focus
  •  Student maturity and values and ethics
  • Great facilities
  • Commitment of parents and staff towards student achievement
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Maintaining a competitive edge against other local schools
  • Providing a safe and engaging environment that has families seeking enrolment
  • Financially being able to provide the best resources to staff and students to deliver great education
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • possible fallout from Royal Commission
  •  not receiving adequate funding from government
  •  lack of quality prospective teachers in the future as teaching is NOT seen to be  a career of choice and workload too hard

De La Salle College, Malvern

Peter Houlihan

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory South East of Melbourne about 10 Km from CBD
What is the nature of your College Order-run school, all boys, Year 4 - 12, owned and operated by the Trustees of the De La Salle Brothers
How many students 1135
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Assistant Principal - Learning at Marcellin College in Bulleen

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Seeing ideas, innovations, improvements &c come to fruition
  • seeing young men succeed in so many areas and take their place in the school community and beyond with a sense of belonging, accomplishment and achievement
  • building a team of leaders and seeing them committed and working toward a common goal, shared vision for our school and its students
  • seeing so many members of the community working for and believing as one in the Lasallian charism
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
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What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
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Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale

Mary O'Connor

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Star of the sea College is in Brighton , Victoria
What is the nature of your College Star of the Sea is a Catholic Independent Girls' College,  Year 7-12.
It was founded by the Presentation sisters in 1883 and since 2014 has been part of a new PJP, Kildare Ministries, which has schools  with Brigidine or Presentation spirituality.
How many students 1140
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at at Loreto Toorak for 11 years

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • The community of parents, staff and students have been very welcoming.  Otherwise, it's only been 3 weeks!
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The College has a significant focus on social justice activities, living the school motto, "Deeds not words"(Facta non Verba")
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 official response to the Royal Commission and the impact this may have on future enrolments as people lose trust in the institutional Church.

John Paul College, Frankston

John Visentin

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory John Paul College is in the Southern Region in Frankston North about 50 km from the CBD
What is the nature of your College John Paul College is a 7-12 coeducational college.  It is inspired by the charisms of its two founding orders the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus and the Marianist order.
How many students 850
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at Salesian College, Chadstone

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • The same as in my role as teacher: seeing young people grow, develop and learn.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The wonderful commitment to social justice that is prevalent at John Paul College and the powerful connection to the community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Continuing to attract enrolments with increasing competition from independent and government schools in our region.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Increasing focus on narrow measures of effectiveness of school and individual school performance such as NAPLAN, VCE data and PISA.
  • Ensuring that we remain faithful to our Catholic identity in a climate of uncertainty and distrust in the institutional church.

Nazareth College, Noble Park

 

Sam Cosentino

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Nazareth College is in the Southern Eastern Region in Noble Park North about 20 km from the CBD
What is the nature of your College The College is a Co-educational Year 7 12 school.
How many students 648
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to becoming Principal of Nazareth College, I was Deputy Principal Head of Tyabb Campus at Padua College.

What parts of the role of Principal give you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Working with people - students, staff and parents.
What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I am proud of the student pride in their school and the way they interact within their community. 
  • Also, I am proud of the manner in which staff members have worked hard to instigate improvements over the past few years.  It finally paid off with excellent results.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The ageing population and limited number of students in the surrounding areas.  So we have to become 'the school of choice' and inform the surrounding communities of all the fantastic programs that Nazareth offers. 
  • In a nutshell, we have to market ourselves and become the school of choice.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Nationally, the reputation of the Catholic church is under scrutiny and all facets including secondary schools fall under that umbrella.  This is not a bad thing, as we are held accountable and are transparent.
  • Secondly, churching the unchurched is something that secondary schools are good at.  Catholic secondary schools are blessed to be working in conjunction with Parishes and families in providing a rich and varied religious experience.

  • Student involvement in social justice issues and their ability to support those in need are strong points and help in their religious formation.

St Bernard's College, Essendon

Adam Taylor

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Bernard's College is situated in Essendon West, 12km by road north west of the Melbourne GPO
What is the nature of your College St Bernard's College is a Year 7-12 congregational school conducted by Edmund Rice Education Australia
How many students 1450
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2017
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to taking up the appointment as Principal of St Bernard's, I was the Principal of Holy Cross College, Ryde (2009-2012)

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • St Bernard's is a comprehensive boys' College that enjoys a strong reputation in the local community and produces excellent results in VCE average scores.
  • The College has a rural campus on the Great Ocean Road near Lorne that caters for a Year 9 away-from-home program.
  • The College has a demonstrable strong commitment to social justice and to the development of the whole person, consistent with the Edmund Rice charism, the modern expression of which is found in the EREA Touchstones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, and Justice & Solidarity.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • The Essendon area is serviced by two quality Catholic all girls schools that cater for cc. 1850 students. The same community is serviced by just one all boys school, St Bernard's, at 1450 students. The community desire for Catholic school places in an all boys setting exceeds current capacity to deliver.
  • There exists in this community the genuine 'risk' of losing families from Catholic education, families who have supported Catholic primary school education for seven years.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • One issue is forging meanful links between school and parish.
  • A related issue is helping students move from a single 'faith option' for many - that is, moving from belief to unbelief - to a situation where they have CHOICE: moving from naive belief to an integrated belief that stands up to the challenges of a modern secular society.
  • The key, I believe, to guiding and forming students in this regard lies in better teacher formation.

Trinity College, Colac

Tim O'Farrell

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Colac is located approximately two hours to the south west of Melbourne.
What is the nature of your College We are a Co-educational day College catering for students in Yr 7-12. Our vision is that Trinity College will be a vibrant learning community where our students are inspired to reach their potential in a happy and supportive environment
How many students 750
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2010
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal, Monivae College, Hamilton, Vic

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Very proud of our students and staff and the connections that we make with our families.
  • The implementation of our Master Plan over the past ten years has seen the construction of contemporary learning spaces which enable 21st century learning opportunities for our students.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Ensuring that the learning that we provide is engaging and provides authentic witness to our mission in Catholic education.

 

  • Ensuring affordable education and communication of mechanisms of support for our families who are affected by the challenges of the dairy industry and other agricultural sector industries.
  • Accessing relevant professional learning opportunities for our staff in a rural community.
  • Accessing adequate provision of bandwidth to allow our students to be provided with similar digital infusion into their learning as students in metropolitan areas..
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • One of our main challenges is to retain our Catholic Identity now and into the future.
  • The ever expanding list of compliance and regulatory requirements that take up vast amounts of time and energy within our Colleges. A number of which do not necessarily lead to improved learning outcomes for our students and run the risk of minimising our autonomy within and as an education system.

St Monica's College, Epping

Brian Hanley

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory St Monica's College, Epping is situated in the northern suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne.  The College also has a rural campus, Ostia, at Strath Creek in Central Victoria.
What is the nature of your College We are a Catholic, regional coeducational College (Years 7 12) located on two metropolitan campus in Epping and a rural campus in Strath Creek.
How many students 1930
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 1991
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

I was Deputy Principal of Parade College (CBC), Bundoora.

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

We are proud of our curriculum offering diversity and breadth and our Wellbeing structures.

What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • We are located in an area where new housing developments are occurring and we need to meet the present and future demand. 
  • We are also concerned that as many of our more established regional parishes are on a lower socio-economic level, that we ensure all families who seek to enrol at the College can have access to the College.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally

Adequate and just Government funding is a major issue for Catholic Education.

Aquinas College, Ringwood

 

Darren Atkinson

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Ringwood - 23km east of CBD
What is the nature of your College Co-ed 7-12 Regional College of Melbourne Archdiocese
How many students 1680
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2014
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of St Joseph's College, Mildura, a Catholic Co-educational College

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

1. We have a very strong sense of belonging and students are proud to be members of the Aquinas community.

2. A focus on learning that is reflected in the design of "state of the art" visible learning spaces.

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

1. Very high demand for places.

2. Keeping Catholic education affordable for our families.

3. Challenging our students to aspire and chase their dreams.

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

1. Catholic identity and the relevance of the Church in the lives of our students (and their families).

2. A lack of funding certainty.

Padua College, Mornington

Anthony Banks

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory A 1 - 1 ½ hour drive south of Melbourne. The College provides education to the children of families residing from Mt Eliza, across to Western Port and south to Portsea
What is the nature of your College Padua College is a Catholic, co-educational secondary college situated on the Mornington Peninsula,
How many students 2400
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Principal of St Joseph's College, Mildura, a Catholic Co-educational College

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • The sense of pride that the students have in being a member of the Padua College Communtity
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Continuing to challenge our students to take up the journey of personal faith and to see the connections between the "good works" that we as a community to in terms of social justice and the good news of the Gospel
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Restoring the faith and trust of our society in the Catholic Church as an institution  and continuing to promote Catholic Education as viable, holistic option for education.

Catholic Ladies' College, Eltham

Stephanie Evans

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory The school is approximately 20 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District.
What is the nature of your College Congregational school, under the care of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and in the tradition of Sisters of Charity. All girls, Years 7 to 12.
How many students 927
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at CLC

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Our College is a learning community whose members work in partnership to provide a holistic approach to the education of our students.
  • Our mission and charism is a lived reality for all in our community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Increased secularisation is a challenge for our Catholic schools and a changing demographic in terms of enrolment, with increasing interest in attending the schools from non-Catholic families
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Our Catholic schools are challenged to ensure that they are authentically Catholic in identity, are centres for the new evangelisation, have high levels of Catholic literacy and a community committed to Christ's mission.

Our Lady of Sion, Box Hill

Tina Apostolopoulos

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Eastern suburbs of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College Our Lady of Sion College is governed by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion Ltd and maintains a strong commitment to the charism and educational mission of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.
How many students 934
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, Oakleigh

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • Our Lady of Sion College is very proud to be a school that seeks truth through learning in a community of caring relationships - a community where each student is valued and nurtured, encouraged and supported through the personal relationships we foster.
  • Biblical values of compassion, justice, reconciliation, peace and love are the guiding principles that underpin all that we do.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • Strong demand for places in a highly competitive area
     
  • Ensuring that we keep up to date with the challenges of mental health issues facing the young people and supporting our students to develop greater resilience
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • Government funding to ensure fairness and equity
     
  • Ensuring that Catholic schools are seen as meeting the holistic needs of young people and not only serving to prepare them for university

Marian College, Myrtleford

Cath Watter

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory 200km north east of Melbourne 
What is the nature of your College Systemic  co-ed 7-12
How many students 180
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Senior Education Officer CEO Sandhurst: Secondary Learning and Teaching

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  •  Absolute commitment to improving student outcomes by engagaing in Inquiry Mindset Project
  • Commitment to continuring to provide secondary Catholic educaton for our local community.
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  •  Provision of breadth of learning opportunities given the size of the student population
  • Access and equity for students in regional areas, particularly given the current data that suggests significant disadvantage
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  •  Continuing to meet the learning needs of students in an every changing educational landscape
  • Grappling with whati it means to be a Carholic School in todays's world

FCJ College, BENALLA

Joanne Rock

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory FCJ College is located in the rural town of Benalla, approximately 200km north east of Melbourne
What is the nature of your College FCJ College is a Catholic Co-educational secondary College, owned by the FCJ sisters.
How many students 360
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Prior to becoming Princiapl at FCJ College, I worked for 7 years at St Francis Xavier College Beaconsfield, as Deputy Principal Head of Campus for 6 years, and then as Deputy Principal Staff.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • I am proud of the 110 year history of quality Catholic Education that has been provided to so many families in Benalla and the surrounding areas, and that we are educating the 3rd or 4th generation of young people in some families..
What are the main challenges to you and other Catholic schools in your local area
  • A big challenge for us is to keep our students until the end of Year 12. Many families have a tradition of sending their children to our College until the end of year 10, then off to Boarding school in Melbourne for VCE. We would prefer they stayed in our community for the whole 6 years of Secondary Education as they lose that connectedness to the school and the broader community by having those last 2 years in a new school environment.
What do you believe are the one or two main issues confronting Catholic Secondary Colleges nationally
  • The impact of the Royal Commission is being felt by some school communities where the abuse took place historically, and much more support needs to be given to those Principals and school communities.
  • Teaching the relevance of Church in the present context to young people. They have a great passion for social justice and will engage extremely positively with College liturgies, Masses and retreats, but getting them to commit to their Parish church is a real challenge as they feel it does not engage or understand them.

St Joseph's College, MILDURA

Marg Blythman

Where is your College located in relation to the Capital of your state/territory Mildura is a regional city in northwestern Victoria, Australia It is located in the Sunraysia region, and is on the banks of the Murray River. It is 550 kms from Melbourne. Our College is in the centre of town.
What is the nature of your College Yr. 7 -12 school
How many students 935
In what year did you commence as Principal of this College 2016
What was your role prior to taking up this appointment

Deputy Principal at St Francis Xavier College, Melbourne.

What are the one or two aspects of your College that you are especially proud of
  • As the new Principal of St Joseph's College, Mildura I am honoured to be part of the Catherine McAuley and Mercy tradition. 
  • I am delighted to be

 

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