Lead­ers lock in new roles

Prin­ci­pals pre­pare to start new year with new com­mu­ni­ties

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PRIN­CI­PALS at six Coast schools are wel­com­ing the new year in new roles in a gen­er­a­tional shift for the re­gion’s Catholic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Bris­bane Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion learn­ing and iden­tity se­nior leader Alain Pi­tot said re­tire­ments and the open­ing of a new school at Bli Bli had led to the changes.

“The Coast has been fairly static for a pe­riod of time so it was bound to hap­pen some time,” Mr Pi­tot said.

For­mer Unity Col­lege prin­ci­pal Greg My­ers will be in charge when Good Sa­mar­i­tan Catholic Col­lege wel­comes its first stu­dents in Bli Bli later this month.

“The chal­lenge is to make sure that ev­ery­thing is ready for the open­ing of school,” Mr My­ers said.

He said the fin­ish­ing touches like fur­ni­ture were be­ing added. His for­mer Caloun­dra role has been filled by Daniel McShea, who has been lead­ing Unity Col­lege since July last year. “I’m just look­ing for­ward to hit­ting the ground run­ning,” Mr McShea said.

“We’ve got a new lead­er­ship team and it’s a fan­tas­tic team.”

For­mer state school sys­tem prin­ci­pal Carmel Schaum­burg is ex­cited about be­ing able to bring her faith into her pro­fes­sional role as prin­ci­pal at St Thomas More Pri­mary in Sun­shine Beach.

“Hav­ing the faith base is some­thing I’m look­ing for­ward to,” Mrs Schaum­burg said.

New St Joseph’s Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Michelle Young said she was look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into a school com­mu­nity after years of of­fice­based work in a learn­ing and teach­ing team.

She said the Nam­bour school’s com­mu­nity was strong.

“They’re all about each other and they are all about the kids and that is pretty cool,” Ms Young said.

Mean­while, Peter Pashen will start his 20th year as a Catholic school prin­ci­pal in his new role at Stella Maris, Ma­roochy­dore, hav­ing pre­vi­ously led schools in far north Queens­land, Bund­aberg, Bray Park and Al­bany Creek.

He said over­com­ing chal­lenges to learn­ing and max­imis­ing ed­u­ca­tion would be a high pri­or­ity.

For­mer St Thomas More act­ing prin­ci­pal Glen Buck­lar is also set to start a new role as prin­ci­pal of Siena Pri­mary at Sippy Downs.

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam

BACK TO SCHOOL: Pre­par­ing to start their new roles are (from left) Stella Maris prin­ci­pal Peter Pashen, Good Sa­mar­i­tan Catholic Col­lege prin­ci­pal Greg My­ers, St Thomas More prin­ci­pal Carmel Schaum­burg, St Joseph’s Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Michelle Young and Unity Col­lege prin­ci­pal Daniel McShea.

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