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Outgoing Principal Thanks Everyone Involved in Every Student Every Success

St Columban’s College, Caboolture Principal, Ann Rebgetz, who is leaving at the end of this year reflected on her 10-years leading the college.

During her reflections, Ms Rebgetz acknowledged the many partnerships that have been formed between the college and the community.

“It’s been a journey of privilege, of celebration, of growth in so many areas and one for which I’m forever indebted to the community,” Ms Rebgetz said in the video.

“We’re very proud at St Columban’s College of our partnerships.

“That is part of our strategic vision.

“We see that the partnerships with the business community, with industry, with the University of the Sunshine Coast, with the hospital – all of these partnerships provide stepping stone opportunities for our students that give them that strategic edge.

“So our mantra of “Every Student Every Success” is a reality and becomes a reality for every student, not just a few students, but for every student and now, all of our students talk about that mantra and it is part of their thinking.”

Further, Ms Rebgetz thanked the college staff, teachers and students.

“So, I want to congratulate our staff, congratulate our teachers for the wonderful work that they do, and I want to thank our students for their ownership of their pathways and for the journey that they have taken in trying to be the best that they can be,” Ms Rebgetz continued.

In relation to the 2019 school year, Ms Rebgetz congratulated the incoming principal, Mr Michael Connolly.

“I wish to congratulate Mr Michael Connolly on becoming principal for 2019 onward,” Ms Rebgetz expressed.

“Michael was on the leadership team here and I worked with Michael for six years as an assistant principal.

“He is fantastic in his leadership.

“He’s coming from Mount Maria (College), Petrie, where he’s been principal for the last four years.

“He understands our college.

“He’s been a parent and is a parent at the college.

“He’s been a member of the college board and I know Michael will just take the school to new horizons that, again, we’ve not thought of.

“So I want to thank and congratulate Michael.”

In conclusion, Ms Rebgetz wished everyone a very happy, joyful, peaceful Christmas and a wonderful new year.

Video Transcript:

My name is Ann Rebgetz and I’m the principal of St Columban’s College and I have been the principal at St Columban’s College for the last 10 years. But I am now coming to the end of my time at St Columban’s, which has been a fantastic journey. It’s been a journey of privilege, of celebration, of growth in so many areas and one for which I’m forever indebted to the community. St Columban’s College is a college under the auspices and direction of Brisbane Catholic Education and I wish to acknowledge Brisbane Catholic Education for the wonderful work that they do and for the support given to me and my staff and our community by them and as Brisbane Catholic Education and I want to thank all of the community, the community at the college, of our staff, our parents and our students and the external community, which makes up the whole umbrella around the college that has given our students so many opportunities and allowed our school to flourish and develop the pathways and industry relationships that have resulted in us becoming a national award winner. That journey has been one which we have done together and it’s by being together as a community and within the community in our parish that we’ve been able to achieve the incredible outcomes for our students and our community. During that time, I was fortunate to be able to bring people on board to build many buildings and in particular, the Mary MacKillop Performance Centre and our trade training centre and our STEAM centre, which we call the Celtic Centre. That’s just a few, but very, very big impact on the journey and lives of people in the Columban’s community. So I feel in coming to the end of that time the growth physically but the growth in our offerings to our students also is something of which I am very proud and I know in that journey, we’ve seen many of our students step into realms of in their journeys that they never thought existed. So I wish to thank you all again. I also wish to acknowledge our indigenous community. That’s another area which the school has developed such strong partnerships with and also we’ve led our emersion programme in the northern territory and through attendance at the Gama Festival. This has impacted over 300 students, over 70 staff and it’s lifted the community in their understanding of cultural awareness in terms of our indigenous history and the reconciliation journey. At the moment, we’re looking forward to the end part of our journey here this year and our results will come out for the year 12s and we’re very proud of all of our year 12s. We get nearly 100% completion of our QCE and that’s what we aim for. But we also aim to get all of our students with a certificate in some area to provide them a qualification and I know as we look forward to those results coming they will be very positive. In addition, we got our incredible scores in terms of our OP subjects and the perfect scores of VH10s and we got that in a range of subjects, including Math C and Physics, which are very difficult subjects. So I want to congratulate our staff, congratulate our teachers for the wonderful work that they do and I want to thank our students for their ownership of their pathways and for the journey that they have taken in trying to be the best that they can be. We’re a school that has extraordinary sporting programmes, our academy of music excellence, our outreach and mission to the community, our Edmond Rice ethos and I feel in leaving the college that that has been a wonderful experience in terms of living that ethos and seeing that ethos come to reality for so many in the community. So again, thank you and I wish to congratulate Mr Michael Connolly on becoming principal for 2019 onwards. Michael was on the leadership team here and I worked with Michael for six years as an assistant principal. He is fantastic in his leadership. He’s coming from Mount Maria Petrie, where he’s been principal for the last four years. He understands our college. He’s been a parent and is a parent at the college. He’s been a member of the College Board and I know Michael will just take the school to new horizons that, again, we’ve not thought of. So I want to thank and congratulate Michael. I also want to acknowledge our alumni of the college. We have some significant contributors in the alumni who really have that heart for the school. It’s our 90th anniversary from being established at Albion and so in that celebration of 90 years of St Columban’s being established and started by the Christian Brothers to where we are now, it’s 21 years at Caboolture and so in that partnership and in terms of the college growing in this area, it’s achieved all the dreams in that relocation. So thank you to those people who support us all the way and we are so pleased to have you come on the journey with us. I want to especially thank Mr Martin Jonkers, the Chair of our Board, our Parents and Friends Association, Mr Steve Ushay as President of the Association, all of the Board members, all of the P & F members and our significant partners, like the Caboolture Hospital and the work that they’ve done with us and share with us the Coffee Club in Caboolture, the sports club in Caboolture and the construction industry and Hutchinson’s and the McLaughlin homes and the many people who come in and support us in our journey. I really wish to express my gratitude to the business community of Caboolture because they have been so supportive. This year, we’ve established our business network breakfast and the person behind that also was Robyn Lachmund and Robyn owns Richardson & Wrench and particularly want to thank the Lachmund family for their incredible support of the college. We’re very proud at St Columban’s College of our partnerships. That is part of our strategic vision. We see that the partnerships with the business community, with industry, with the University of the Sunshine Coast, with the hospital. All of these partnerships actually provide stepping stone opportunities for our students that give them that strategic edge. So our mantra of “Every Student Every Success” is a reality and becomes a reality for every student, not just a few students, but for every student and now, all of our students talk about that mantra and it is part of their thinking. So we’ve changed a culture. We’ve created a culture that means that they go out and step out being very, very confident and ready for the world at work, which we know is under constant change, but with the attributes to take those steps and fly their flag as high as they can. I wish you the best I hope everyone has a very happy, joyful, peaceful Christmas and a wonderful new year and I will be looking to come and visit and find out, well, where is everyone at in their own journeys next year and I wish you every happiness and safety in the future.

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