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.




195 Brighton Road, Somerton Park
South Australia, Australia 5044