Leaders lock in new roles
Principals prepare to start new year with new communities
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.
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.