Principal Profiles 2020 - CaSPA Board & Association Chairs

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Mark Murphy

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Current School: Whitefriars College

Previous Position: Principal at Marcellin College

First Year as a Principal: 2009

The hope for my current school is: That we continue to nurture and grow our identity as a Catholic Carmelite school for boys and that we support our young men to be able to take their place in a contemporary world as good Christians and productive global citizens

The Joy of Principalship is: Walking with and supporting all in our faith learning community to become the best versions of themselves.

A Book I would recommend: Leigh Sales: Any Ordinary Day

Fun Fact about me: A love to surf

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Get as much “salt water therapy” as you can!

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Don’t think you have to know everything. Utilise the great strengths of your team, trust others to run with their own ball, take care of yourself and realise that Principalship is a Marathon not a spirit – pace yourself.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: Don’t so much spend your life planning as preparing. If we prepare we will always be ready to take hold of the next opportunity. – Julian Burnside

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: “It’s all in the preparation”

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name:  Michael Egan - ACSP (NSW) Chair

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Current School: LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown

Previous Position: Principal: De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah

First Year as a Principal:  2009                                          

The hope for my current school is:  To offer the best possible Catholic Education to the young people of Bankstown

The Joy of Principalship is: Working with parents to bring their children to know and love Jesus in a safe, supportive educational environment.

A Book I would recommend: Bridging the Gaps, Between Families and Schools by Nance Millar

Fun Fact about me: I once appeared on Red Faces and won

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Swim in the ocean regularly

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Listen carefully to those who criticise you until you understand why.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “God has chosen you to do his work.” St John Baptist De La Salle, patron Saint of Teachers.

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Geoff Mills

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Current School: Ursula Frayne Catholic College – Victoria Park, WA

Previous Position: Principal – Lumen Christi College – Gosnells, WA

First Year as a Principal: 2006

The hope for my current school is: That our school continues to flourish as an authentic learning and faith sharing community, centred in Christ.

The Joy of Principalship is: Working within a community context in which staff and parents are committed to ensuring the best learning environment students and God is part of the conversation.

A Book I would recommend: In enjoy reading about Australian leaders and am currently working my way through the biographies of former Prime Ministers.  A current book recommendation is Robert Menzies – The Art of Politics (Troy Bramston) in which Menzies talks about his life, reflects on political events and personalities, offers political lessons, candidly assesses his successors and contains contemporary lessons for those in, or aspiring to, positions of leadership.

Fun Fact about me: I have recently taken up the guitar and juggling – but not simultaneously!

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Ensuring that time is prioritised on weekends to ‘recharge my batteries’ by spending time with family, friends and pursuing personal interests.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Maintain a clear focus on two interrelated questions: “What have I done to improve student learning today?” and “Where is Jesus in what I am doing?”

Inspiring Leadership Quote: Agitate, educate and then legislate” – Bob Hawke.

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Leading a Christ-centred and student-focused community.

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Brian Schumacher

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Current School: Rostrevor College

Previous Position: Principal, Cabra Dominican College

First Year as a Principal: 2005, Sacred Heart College Middle School

The hope for my current school is: To continue to fulfil our mission as a Catholic boarding school for boys in the Edmund Rice Tradition as we move into our second century at Rostrevor.

To emerge stronger, more focussed and confident in our mission after a period of decline.

The Joy of Principalship is: The energy that comes from life fully immersed in a school community.

A Book I would recommend: The Peaceable Kingdom by Stanley Hauerwas

Fun Fact about me: I have a collection of skateboards cluttering up my shed

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Exercise – a lot! Take a break about Week 5/6 – we usually earn our money towards the end of term.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: It takes time (10,000 hours) to learn the job. This can be liberating as you approach new experiences/challenges as learning moments. As you learn the job, learn how to do it in a way that works for you. 

You are the gift to your community, in the role of Principal.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: Kindness saves lives.

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: The Camino (like life itself) is not about the stamps!

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Ann Rebgetz

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Current School: St James College, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Qld

Previous Position: Principal, St Columban’s College, Caboolture, Qld

First Year as a Principal: 2006

The hope for my current school is: That our Muticultural, Multifaith, Multiskilled, Multilingual students achieve Multisuccess!

The Joy of Principalship is: Seeing Communities Grow in Learning and Aspirations to Believe in Themselves and have High Hopes for the Future! This includes students, staff, parents, carers, supporters!

A Book I would recommend: Boy Swallows Universe

Fun Fact about me: I enjoy life, family, friends, and try and make the most of it!

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Make time for your family, team, colleagues and friends – keep calm, and enjoy healthy pursuits you know energise you!

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Seek advice, have confidence in yourself, keep a strong sense of purpose as a moral compass, talk to your colleagues, take time out to relax, develop your filters in making decisions around students eg “family, factory, jungle,cathedral” to maintain a balanced approach.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: Leading in a culture of change means creating a culture (not just a structure) of change. It does not mean adopting innovations, one after another; it does mean producing the capacity to seek, critically assess, and selectively incorporate new ideas and practices—all the time, inside the organization as well as outside it. ( Michael Fullan)

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Creating an Aspirational Culture in a Global Context

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Frank Pisano

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Current School: St Brendan-Shaw College

Previous Position: Deputy Principal

First Year as a Principal: 2010

The hope for my current school is: For us to continue to live into our vision of being a vibrant Catholic community with a generosity of Human Spirit.

The Joy of Principalship is: Being able to influence the culture of a school through policies and procedures that are authentically Catholic, respecting and recognising the dignity of every member of the school.

A Book I would recommend is: Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead

Fun Fact about me: I enjoy cooking

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Dispense with ‘guilt’ for choosing balance over working at home.

Advice for a Beginning Principal:

Inspiring Leadership Quote:

“Everyone thinks that they can do your job better than you ….. until they have to do it”.  (Teddy Roosevelt’s is much more eloquent than me - see his Man in the Arena speech.)

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Humour - pathway to sanity

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Loretta Wholley

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Current School: Merici College, ACT

Previous Position: Deputy Principal Curriculum, Mercedes College, WA

First Year as a Principal: 2013

The hope for my current school is: Being the principal of all-girls school, it would be that every woman who graduates is empowered to be a confident, courageous woman who can make an impact on the world.

The Joy of Principalship is: The students – especially when they accomplish something, they never thought they could. Big or small achievements.

A Book I would recommend: Daring Greatly by Brene’ Brown

Fun Fact about me: I like to knit scarves.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Prayer and Music (and a good glass of Shiraz)

Advice for a Beginning Principal: It’s all about the relationships. You can’t transform the culture of a school or improve student outcomes until you get to know your staff, students and their parents/carers. Do this first.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.” Proverbs 3:5-6

What title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Try – (Fail) – Learn – Succeed – Celebrate

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Darren Atkinson

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Current School:  Aquinas College, Ringwood Vic

Previous Position: Principal, St Joseph’s College, Mildura Vic

First Year as a Principal: 2009

The hope for my current school is: To find a rewarding pathway for every child.

The Joy of Principalship is: The opportunity to provide an environment in which young people can flourish.

A Book I would recommend: Creating the Schools Our Children Need: Why What We're Doing Now Won't Help Much (And What We Can Do Instead) by Dylan William

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Getting out on the bike trails

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Switch off email alerts on your phone.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “When in doubt … err on the side of generosity” Dr Peter Casey

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Fake it til you make it

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Joseph Hoyne

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Current School:  Seton Catholic College

Previous Position: John Paul College

First Year as a Principal: 2008

The hope for my current school is: Each member of the community is an expression of the best person they can be.

The Joy of Principalship is: Witnessing and supporting student and staff growth.

A Book I would recommend: Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads: Lessons from the First Jesuit Pope by Chris Lowney.

Fun Fact about me: I enjoy skiing.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Walking and swimming each morning at Port Beach.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Consult with your network and local Catholic Education Office.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: Leadership is not about a title or a designation. Its about impact, influence and inspiration.

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: The authentic me!

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Paddy McEvoy

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Current School: St Aloysius College, Adelaide

Previous Position: Deputy Principal, St Mary’s College, Adelaide

First Year as a Principal: 2013

The hope for my current school is: That St Aloysius College will continue to educate young women who are confident, capable and willing to act for change.

The Joy of Principalship is: Working with talented staff who are committed to empowering young women to pursue their own paths with passion.

A Book I would recommend: Educated, Tara Westover

Fun Fact about me: I am the youngest of eight children.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Spending time with my three beautiful grandsons.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: I love this excerpt from John O’Donohue’s Prayer For A New Position:

"Be fair in your expectations,

Compassionate in your criticism,

May you have the grace of encouragement

To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,

Building in them the confidence

To follow the call of the gift."

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “Resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.” Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Supporting young people to create a more just world.

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Stephen Kennaugh

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Current School: St Andrew’s College Marayong

Previous Position: Principal De La Salle College Ashfield

First Year as a Principal: 2014

The hope for my current school is: That both staff and students continue to realise the potential in this wonderful community.

The Joy of Principalship is: Seeing the middle leaders and staff you help form grow into leaders and move in their own direction.

A Book I would recommend: The Power of Habit - Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg

Fun Fact about me: I go to the beach every weekend of the year.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Sleep, Exercise, Good Food and Faith.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Organisation is essential as well as making time to develop relationships and trust at work and making time for yourself as well as relationships in your personal life. Work out early what works for you and make it a priority.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept” By David Morrison who attributed it to former CDF & Governor of NSW David Hurley

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Empowering staff is the secret to a great school, but how do you do it?

 

CaSPA Principal Profile

Name: Andrée Rice

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Current School: Xavier Catholic College, Wurrumiyanga NT

Previous Position: Deputy Principal Boarding, Stuartholme School, QLD

First Year as a Principal: 2019

The hope for my current school is: that it becomes a lighthouse school for remote education.

The Joy of Principalship is: seeing students and staff grow and thrive.

A Book I would recommend: Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

Fun Fact about me: I am the mother of three boys who has spent most of my career in girls’ education.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Early morning jogs and prioritising sleep!

Advice for a Beginning Principal: The chaos will settle, take it a day at a time and focus on building strong relationships.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled, by the work that they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves”. Simon Sinek

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: We rise by lifting others.

Principal Profiles 2020 - Beginning Principals

 

CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Corey Tavella

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Current School: Thomas More College

Previous Position & School: Deputy Principal, St Mary’s College, Adelaide

Year of Birth: 1979

The hope for my current school is: that our students are challenged and supported to achieve their best.

The Joy of Principalship is: having the privilege of having ‘two classes’: staff and students, and coaching their growth as cohorts and individuals.

A Book I would recommend: Nuance by Michael Fullan.  By definition, Nuance brings to light those intangibles as a leader that are difficult to name, but so important to practise.

Fun Fact about me: I sing and have a habit of act about me: appearing in school productions.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: spending lots of time with my kids, and also (but not at the same time) watching movies that allow me not to think.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: ‘You need to laugh’.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: I have two:

  1. “Any person who reads too much and uses his/her own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking”- Albert Einstein.
  2. “Assumption is the mother all of all mistakes” (edited)- anon.

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: How to lead in education by thinking outside of it.

 CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Marlene Jorgensen

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Current School: Catholic Regional College Melton

Previous Position & School: Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching at St Peter’s College Cranbourne

Year of Birth: 1962

The hope for my current school is: I have too many to synthesise in this one profile. If I had to pick – to ensure that each student who leaves our gates is imbued with a deep sence of self worth and the knowledge that they are truely loved.

The Joy of Principalship is: Working with amazing staff and wonderful students that provide energy and inspiration each day

A Book I would recommend: Songs of a war boy by Deng Thail Adut

Fun Fact about me: I love Sunday drives to a winery for lunch in my 65 Mustang Convertible

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Balance Variety and Moderation

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Pace yourself and affirm others often.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “It is high time the ideal of success be replaced with the ideal of service.” — Albert Einstein

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: The Resilient Leader- how to bounce back from anything!

 

CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Paul Reidy

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Current School: Mount St Patrick College 

Previous Position & School: Assistant Principal Staff & Students, Xavier Catholic College, Ballina

Year of Birth: 1969

The hope for my current school is: Continue the great work of previous leaders, developing a strong supportive culture for both students and staff.

The Joy of Principalship is: The privilege of leading a terrific community of staff, students and parents.

A Book I would recommend:  Love is Strong as Death: Poems Chosen by Paul Kelly

Fun Fact about me: I was born the day the man landed on the moon.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: daily examen, reading, playing music, walking the dog, riding my bike

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Be prepared to take it as it comes.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: "Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is". Ernest Hemingway

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: It's in the doing

CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Susan Carroll

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Current School: St Anne’s College, Kialla

Previous Position & School: Senior Education Officer: Leader of Pedagogy, Catholic Education Sandhurst

Year of Birth: 1971

The hope for my current school is: To build a community of learners who know and believe it is their responsibility to drive positive change in the world

The Joy of Principalship is: Leading a community knowing we are making a positive impact on the lives of young citizens of the world

A Book I would recommend: Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership lessons from Pope Francis (Jeffrey A. Krames)

Fun Fact about me: I am an 80’s music tragic

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Exercise

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Ask lots of questions from the wealth of knowledge around you – then LISTEN!

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” (Mother Teresa)

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Finding JOY – A leadership journey

 

 CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Simon Fleming

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Current School: Assumption College, Warwick

Previous Position & School: Acting Principal – St. Joseph's Catholic School Barraba  

Year of Birth: 1963

The hope for my current school is: A place students want to attend and are charging through the doors.

The Joy of Principalship is: Collaborating with teachers and engaging students creating life-long learners.

A Book I would recommend: Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer

Fun Fact about me: Love a good sports talking.

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Be open to all possibilities.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Watch, observe, listen, identify then act.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: A 25 year old will never remember what they learnt in Year 8 History but they will always remember how you made them feel.

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Moving from good to great.

CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Stephanie O’Meara

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Current School: St John Paul II College, Canberra

Previous Position & School: Assistant Principal, St John Paul II College, Canberra

Year of Birth: 1963

The hope for my current school is: To have each member of the community, students and staff, flourish and be the best they can be.

The Joy of Principalship is: Spending my day with wonderful, challenging, engaging  adolescents and an amazingly dedicated and hard-working staff.

A Book I would recommend: Brené Brown – Dare to Lead/Website – The Enneagram. https://www.enneagraminstitute.com

Fun Fact about me: I have been scuba-diving with sharks in the Maldives

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Walking and having a good laugh… oh and a good glass of red wine.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and take time to get to know your staff.

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: “The lasting Impact of the Great Teacher.”

 

 CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

 Name: Sr Mariette Kareh

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 Current School: Antonine College

Previous Position & School: Pastoral Care at School and Nominated Supervisor at Antonine Sisters Child Care Centre

Year of Birth: 29/09/1969

The hope for my current school is: Continue the journey of our mission and the school’s motto: Faith, Knowledge and Virtue

The Joy of Principalship is: Adventure

A Book I would recommend: “The Leader Who Had No Tittle.” Robin Sharma

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Maintain a healthy wellbeing. Performance, engagement and resilience in all matters.

Advice for a Beginning Principal: To not be afraid. Be confident, have a vision and lead

Inspiring Leadership Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela.   “Education means inspiring someone’s mind not just filling their head.” Katie Lusk

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Great Leadership comes down to only two rules (Authenticity & Simplicity) Peter Anderton: It is not about you and it is Only about you.

 

 CaSPA Beginning Principal Profile

Name: Tina Neate

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Current School: Kildare College

Previous Position & School: Deputy Principal, Kildare College and Junior High Principal - Riverside International School, Czech Republic

Year of Birth: 1968

The hope for my current school is: To continue to inspire and develop independent, resilient young women

The Joy of Principalship is: being able to create and develop new ways of learning for all

A Book I would recommend: 'Dare to Lead' by Brene Brown

Fun Fact about me: Spent 5 incredible years teaching and learning in Europe - Prague, Czech Republic

My valued Well-Being Strategy: Spending time with family and friends away from the computer

Advice for a Beginning Principal: Finding a mentor that listens and helps discern what is possible

Inspiring Leadership Quote: If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but not the goal

What Title would you give to your TED Talk or Book: Inspire, Engage, Achieve, Believe