The role of the St Johns Team is to manage the strategic direction of St Johns. As the main support to the Principal, the Leadership Team are responsible for assisting the Principal in making decisions that govern the school; serving as a steward of the school’s mission, vision and values; ensuring that the school is producing results consistent with the schools stated goals; and aligning the school’s work with diocese goals and ethos of a catholic school.
DONAUGH SHIRLEY – PRINCIPAL
The Principal is responsible for the overall leadership, management and pastoral care of St John’s Catholic School and serves as a role model in both Catholic and professional ethics. The Principal serves as a leader in the community, pastoral care, religious life and education.
The role of the Principal promotes catholic ethos; promotes professional learning; leads teaching and learning; leads the management of the school; leads innovation, improvement and change; and engages the community.
ROSS PENROSE – DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
The Deputy Principal plays a responsible role in promoting and ensuring that the school operates in a fashion which reflects the Catholic ethos as embodied in the School’s Mission and Vision Statements.
The Deputy Principal is responsible for the overall operations of the school, including the maintenance and development of the academic standards and pastoral care program in the school. The Deputy Principal, with the Assistant Principal Religious Education, Assistant Principal Administration, Deans and leading teachers, will ensure that the vision and practice of teaching and learning at the school will be the best that it can be.
As the main support for the School Principal, the Deputy Principal maintains the routine operation of the school, makes delegated decisions in the short-term absence of the Principal and acts as the Principal in the long-term absence of the Principal or as directed by the Toowoomba Catholic School’s Office.
DENISE MULLIGAN – ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CURRICULUM
The Assistant Principal Curriculum assists the Principal with the running of the Curriculum P-10 and works with the Deputy Principal, the Assistant Principal Faith and Mission and teachers to ensure the provision of excellence in teaching and quality education within a caring and safe Christian environment for the students of St John’s.
The Assistant Principal Curriculum oversees and monitors the implementation of school curriculum programs through ensuring that appropriate planning and curriculum development are taking place firstly as a whole school, then at stage level and individual classes. This involves liaising with Education Officer – Curriculum at Toowoomba Catholic School’s Office concerning educational guidelines for the Diocese.
The role of the Assistant Principal Curriculum encourages and determines in-service needs for members of staff, liaises with the Learning Support Teacher to ensure the delivery and maintenance of assistance to students with ‘special needs’ and works with teachers in the development of school programs and in the improvement of the teaching/learning process.
TRISH PARKER – ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FAITH AND MISSION
The Assistant Principal Faith and Mission assists the Principal with maintaining and developing a strong Catholic ethos within the school. This includes facilitating: Liturgies, fundraising, social justice activities, Sacramental Programs, retreats, staff development and the Religious Education Program of the school. The Assistant Principal Faith and Mission ensures that St John’s School remains faithful to the charism of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.
The duties of the Assistant Principal Faith and Mission at St John’s School are carried out in the spirit of our Mission Statement which seeks to foster and encourage the education of the whole person by empowering them with the necessary life skills to be positive contributors to society and the Church. Assistant Principal Faith and Mission is responsibility for the classroom teaching of religion and the shared responsibility for the religious life of the school.
BELINDA HAYWARD – BUSINESS MANAGER
The Business Manager assists the Principal in overseeing the business management of St John’s including the administrative and logistical aspects of running a school so that these are done in the most effective and efficient way possible. Through this, they free up the other members of the school’s leadership team to focus on leading teaching and learning.
The School Business Manager promotes the highest standards of business ethos within the administrative function of the school and strategically ensures the most effective use of resources in support of the school’s learning objectives and school’s Master Plan.
The role of the Business Manager is responsible for the Financial Resource Management; Administration Management; Management Information and ICT; and Facility & Property Management of the School.