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.




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044