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




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044