Four newly appointed principals in 2017, were warmly welcomed by staff, students and families within their school communities, and by fellow staff across the Diocese at the Education Mass in Catholic Schools Week.
MR MATTHEW MCMAHON
Principal of Magdelene Catholic High School, Narellan
MRS JEN CHARADIA
Principal of St Joseph's Catholic Parish Primary School, Bulli
MR BRAD COLQUHOUN
Principal of St Columbkille's Catholic Parish Primary School, Corrimal
MR STEVE THORNE
Principal of St Therese Catholic Parish Primary School, West Wollongong
We wish Matthew, Jen, Brad and Steve well for the future, as they each "light the way" within their own unique and vibrant Catholic school communities.
There is always a sense of excitement, joy and hope at the beginning of a school year. But the first day as Principal of St Columbkille’s was one of the highlights of my teaching career and one that I will never forget. I loved every minute of it and look forward to sharing many more memorable moments with our school community.
After four years as Assistant Principal and one year at the Catholic Education Office as a Project Officer in School Improvement Services, it is both a privilege and honour to be back at St Columbkille’s as Principal. The opportunity to reconnect with Father Patrick, our students, staff and parents, and to meet Father Geoff, was a truly wonderful experience. I felt so blessed and humbled by the sense of welcome and trust shown by our school community. It was great to be back “home” once again.
Brad Colquhoun (pictured), St Columbkille's Corrimal
One of the best things about being the new principal in a Catholic school is getting to know students, staff and parents. After all, it is the people in the school community that matter if we are going to provide a great Catholic education.
On my first day at St Joseph’s, I stood on the playground and the buzz throughout the school was palpable as students entered the gates, met up with friends and found their class lines. I didn’t know any of the children or parents but that didn’t matter to them because so many came over and welcomed me! I have come to know the incredible care that staff give to students and each other at St Joseph’s. This was immediately extended towards me when I arrived. Someone was at my side all day ensuring I was OK. Building relationships was my first priority as Principal. There I was, ready to work hard to get to know the St Joseph’s community but they did all the work for me. On that first day, I experienced a great community of hospitality and warmth, with a passion for learning. I pray that St Joseph will continue to bless this school.
Jen Charadia, St Joseph's Bulli