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.




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044